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Anambra Varsity Employees Protest 2-Year Non-Payment Of Salaries

Anambra Varsity Employees Protest 2-Year Non-Payment Of Salaries

Anambra Varsity Employees Protest 2-Year Non-Payment Of Salaries

Anambra Varsity Employees Protest 2-Year Non-Payment Of Salaries

Paul University employees in Awka, Anambra State, have protested not receiving their two-year salary. The demonstrators, who carried signs reading “Working without payment is unscriptural,” “Pay your people or close down,” and “Primate has compassion on us,” claimed that the arrears ranged from 14 to 28 months.

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On Saturday, the institution’s law faculty building was dedicated by the Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, Primate of the Church of Nigeria in the Anglican Communion.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, the acting Head, Information and Communication Technology, Chidi Gabriel, said while the Adjunct staff was being owed 28 months, those on contracts and regular engagements were owed 24 and 14 months respectively.

He lamented that it was unfortunate that an institution jointly owned by 55 dioceses would find it difficult to pay its workers.

Anambra Varsity Employees Protest 2-Year Non-Payment Of Salaries

He, however, absolved the Archbishop of Niger Province, Rt Rev. Alexander Ibezim, who he said had cushioned their suffering through provisions of periodic bailout funds.

He said, “We have been working these months without salary and they have been making promises without any fulfillment. Imagine what our families are passing through without salary?

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“There is a saying that a goat owned by the public dies faster. That is our experience in this school. Why not shut down the school if they cannot afford to pay?”

In his reaction, the Primate assured them that he had waded into the matter, adding that their grievances were receiving attention.

Anambra Varsity Employees Protest 2-Year Non-Payment Of Salaries

He said, “Your issues are receiving attention. I have stepped into the matter. The laborer deserves his wages. I stand with you and feel your pains. I and other Bishops, Senate, and management will put our heads together to ensure your matter receives attention.

“I have directed that some money be released to attend to the issue. In due time you will hear from us.”

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The law building, named after the Archbishop of Niger Province was inaugurated by the Primate and Archbishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma and other bishops from various dioceses across the country.

The Primate had also dedicated Renaissance Modern Polytechnic Mbaukwu and Millennium College of Nursing Sciences, Awka.


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