Workers of Arewa and Kaduna Hotels (Hamdala), a subsidiary of the New Nigeria Development Company, NNDC, has yesterday staged a peaceful protest to demand payment of their entitlements seven years after retirement.
The workers, who stormed the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Kaduna State Council secretariat, lamented the untold hardship posed on them as a result of the non-payment of their entitlements.
Leader of the protesting group, Umar Musa complained that all efforts to get the management to settle the entitlements proved abortive and appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Nasir El-Rufai and northern governors to as a matter of urgency intervene in the matter.
According to him, “The reason why we take a unanimous decision to come out en masse along side with her sisters unit, that is, Sokoto Hotel, Zaria Hotel, Aso Motel, NTICC, Hamdala Hotel and Arewa Hotel headquarters to collectively speak with one voice to reach out to Nigerian communities, northern communities because the call was necessitated out of bondage, economic hardship, traumatisation, neglect for this period of stagnation.
“This ex-staff contributed immensely to keep the dream and aspirations of late Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto, alive, for dedicating their useful age, strength, energy, commitment and hard work to their fatherland.
“For the past seven years, after retiring from service several approach was made to the management and board members for the payment of the workers.
“Unfortunately, it has come to our notice that even the existing staff working are in salary arrears of 13 months. In all ramifications this catastrophe has grossly affected we the ex-staff because currently, our wards no longer earn a livelihood, no decent house.
“We are appealing for the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, chairman, Northern Governors Forum, distinguished members of the Senate and House of Representatives and the Sultan of Sokoto in the matter.”
Meanwhile, when contacted on the matter, the general manager of Hamdala Hotel and public relations officer of NNDC, they declined to talk to newsmen.

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