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SURE-P beneficiaries plan mass protest over unpaid salaries

BENIN CITY—THE 119,000 beneficiaries of the Community Services for Women and Youths Empowerment Project CSWYEP, a branch of the SURE-P, have vowed to embark on a mass protest tomorrow, due to failure by the Federal Government to pay their February, March,April and May salaries.

Three thousand of the beneficiaries were selected from each of the states of the federation and the Federal Government engaged them into community related services such as cleaning of gutters, traffic control and maintenance of government property.

However, the beneficiaries have been at war with the state coordinators of the programme, hence they are threatening to hold a mass protest tomorrow and Friday, when the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, will be inaugurated.

Addressing journalists in Benin City on the issue, yesterday, the Edo State chairman of the CSWYEP and the chairman of all the state chairmen, Mr. Lucky Imasuen, said the Federal Government was yet to release the funds, noting that the “beneficiaries are agitating due to the fear that the in-coming government may not be interested in paying the back-log of salaries.”

Imasuen, who also is the former Deputy Governor of Edo State, explained that “we have always followed due process in the payment. The NDE handles the opening of the accounts for beneficiaries and every month the money goes straight to their accounts.”


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