Workers at Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, Anambra State, expressed their frustration through a peaceful protest on Thursday due to the non-payment of their salaries for the past four years.
The group of protesters, who received their employment letters in 2019, revealed that they had not been integrated into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) since then.
They held placards with various messages such as “Federal Government, do come to our rescue,” “It’s been 4 years of employment with NAU without pay,” and “Senate and House of Reps, our case needs urgent attention.”
The spokesperson for the group, Echezonam Ibezi, expressed bewilderment at the prolonged delay in receiving their salaries despite completing the necessary employment procedures.
He recounted that some of their colleagues were called for IPPIS capturing, but a significant number, approximately 1,311 individuals, including himself, remained uncaptured.
The staff members have diligently continued to work despite the financial strain, and many of them are facing severe hardships, unable to pay their rent and other essential bills.
The protesters appealed to the National Assembly, the Head of Service, and all Nigerians to take notice of their plight and requested the Federal government’s intervention.
In response, Joseph Ikechebelu, the Deputy Vice-chancellor, Administration at NAU, expressed gratitude to the protesting staff for their peaceful approach. He assured them that the university’s management is actively working to resolve the issue and that their concerns would be given due consideration.
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