By Our Reporter
Gates of the Cross River State Secretariat along the Murtala Mohammed highway in Calabar is currently under lock and key restricting government workers from accessing the facility.
Labour leaders in the state are accusing the state Head of Service of making illegal demand of N25,000 from each senior staff seeking to be promoted in the state.
One of the leaders, Godwin Otei who spoke with our reporter, said “the excesses of this government is too much. How can you be charging N25,000 as examination fee before promotion. What has happened to the previous examination that we wrote? He querried.
According to Mr Otei “workers welfare is not a priority to this government. They treat workers carelessly. Pension is there, it has not been addressed, gratuity has not been paid. We are tired of this.
“instead of government to keep writing examination that will not lead to any promotion, they should instead look into the sufferings of pensioners, as well as gratuity of workers some of whom are already dead”
The HOS who is yet to respond to the allegations did not answer several calls sent to her phone and a message sent was also not responded to.
Sources say, the state governor, Ben Ayade had approved the sum of N2,000,000 to cover promotional examination fee for the senior staff. Although this paper could not independently verify the claims.
Findings by this paper reveals that the Cross River State Government is yet to gratuity after the last attempt by the Liyel Imoke led administration in 2014.
The Ben Ayade administration is yet to pay gratuity since inception in 2015. The government is also owing several millions as pensions arrears.
At the secretariat in Calabar, labour leaders have vowed not to reopen the premises until their demands are met and the illegal fees reversed.