Workers of the Imo State Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) in their numbers took to the streets of Owerri, Imo state capital, on a peaceful protest over the non-payment of three months’ salary owed by the state government.
The protesters walked all the way from Akanchawa avenue, the IBC headquarters, down to Government House, to express their grievances to the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who unfortunately was out of town.
Carrying placards with several inscriptions, the protesters demanded for their salaries and insisted on seeking audience with Governor Okorocha.
Speaking to Newsmen, the Chairman of the IBC Joint Action Committee of the Workers’ Union, Mr Sam Eke, said they have also come to bring to the notice of the governor the insensitivity of the board and management of IBC to the welfare of workers, as it has gotten to their notice that the salaries have been approved and released by the governor, but the management is still withholding it for no just cause,
They appealed to the state government to investigate the allegations and take necessary steps.
Meanwhile, Secretary to the Imo State Government, Jude Ejiogu, appealed to the protesters not to begin the new administration with protest, assuring them that urgent measures would be taken to ensure quick payment of their salaries, knowing fully well that the Okorocha led administration is unequivocally committed to the welfare of workers in the state.
Mr Ejiogu also assured that the state government will immediately set up a committee to look into the allegations raised about the board and management of IBC as soon as possible.