Adhoc staff at Imo Broadcasting Corporation IBC are crying for help as they prepare to go on lockdown with their December salaries yet to be paid.
The group according to our investigation were paid their October salaries in January 2020, while that of November came early in February 2020.
As most workers in Imo State prepare for a total lockdown as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, one of the adhoc staff we spoke with said, “hunger is tougher than coronavirus, knowing that you have not been paid for four months makes you wonder if you will steal, beg or borrow to survive this period”
Another one said, “this is pure inhumane treatment from the management as they have made this a secret like we don’t matter at all. If they can’t pay, let them ask government for help, we didn’t commit any crime by working for them”
Some in the group also said they are being owed a total of eight months salary, adding a dud cheque received in the time of Chief Vitalis Orikaeze Ajumber as the Director General.
The dud cheque which covered four months salary was issued in the time of former governor Rochas Okorocha who appointed Chief Ajumber back then.
“it’s obvious they see us as guinea pigs because we can’t understand why nothing has been done about this money for more than two years”
“we don’t think any thing has been done to make the government help them clear these debts, they are really treating us like people who don’t matter” an adhoc staff said on anonymity.
Further investigation revealed that the corporation is experiencing a drop in revenue and subsequently cannot not pay the adhoc staff whose number increased recently.
Despite the assurances from the Acting Director General, Barr. Ezekiel Opara that the salary arrears will be cleared early in January, he is yet to match that with actions as the number of unpaid months keep increasing.
The group then cried out to Gov. Hope Uzodinma to address the issue to ensure that they get what is due to them.