Rivers State civil servants under the aegis of Concerned Rivers Civil Servants, yesterday shut down activities at the state secretariat in protest over unpaid two months salaries by the state government.
The workers, who sang solidarity songs demanding the state governor, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to pay their salaries, marched from one office to the other within the secretariat to press home their demand, after converging for over an hour at the Podium Block.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that some civil servants had received March salary alert Monday evening, after the state Assembly summoned some commissioners to the floor of the House to explain the state of the economy of the state.
Speaking with newsmen, leader of the protesting workers, Comrade Tony Ochiagha said the workers will continue to protest until all salaries are paid. He described as wickedness, the situation where workers are left to suffer without salaries.
Ochiagha, who was a former acting State Secretary of the Nigerian Civil Service Union, also accused Labour leaders of the state of compromising the welfare of workers.
He said: “We feel that those who are supposed to represent us, those who are supposed to pursue our cause have abandoned our course and are pursuing their personal matters; and we feel that it will not be good for us to fold our hands and continue to suffer.
“The commissioner for Information came on to say that government is not owing the workers in Rivers State and even the Labour leaders who are supposed to represent us also came and told the world through the press that government has paid everybody and we feel that that is deceit and we said no, we need to find a way to state our case, to tell the world that we are still owed.”
Meanwhile, there was disagreement on the floor of the Rivers State House of Assembly yesterday, as it failed to quiz the commissioners and heads of parastatals it earlier summoned before the House as only four out of the 13 summoned appeared before the House.
Deputy Speaker, Hon. Leyii Kwanee had informed the House that three commissioners wrote to the Assembly informing that they were out of the state.

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