Unpaid civil servants in Adamawa have Wednesday staged peaceful protest from police roundabout to the government house and later to Adamawa State house of Assembly where they demanded prompt payment of their six months backlog of salaries.
Leader of the protesters, Faisal Baba while addressing the deputy governor Crowther Seth who led the government delegation including the chief of staff Professor Maxwell Gidado and the secretary to Adamawa State government Bashir Ahmad at the government house said the government treated them badly.
Faisal said in the wake of the government action of denying them salaries, the state house of assembly made a resolution asking the government to pay them part of their salary to ameliorate their suffering which the governor refused to implement even as a former lawmaker.
A letter presented to the deputy governor by the protesters read in part: ” We wish to write in response to the resolution the Adamawa State House of Assembly passed regarding our plight.
“We the unpaid civil servants have followed up with several pleading letters to the governor, SSG, chief of staff, Adamawa State House of Assembly and other top government officials to settle our six months outstanding salaries.
“The governor has left us in an untold hardship facing serious debts and critical conditions but we did not cause any trouble and instead, as law abiding citizens we gave our maximum cooperation to all the committees constituted and now they have submitted their report.
“Let the governor consider our plight and return us back on the payroll and if nothing is done urgently, we will reconvene for something special,” he said.
Reacting, the deputy governor gave the protesters assurances to the effect that the government will treat their issue positively.
In a statewide broadcast shortly after he was sworn in as governor, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has announced the suspension of civil servants employed at the tail end of the last administration precisely those employed before and after March 28, 2019 by governor Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla Bindow.