By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—Workers disengaged from the Abia State civil service have sent a save our soul message to President Muhammadu Buhari over the inability of the state government to pay their entitlements.
Former Abia state governor, Theodore Orji, had on October 1, 2011, ordered the disengagement of over 4, 000 non indigenous workers from its workforce and later recalled those from non Igbo states.
The disengaged workers had on February 2016, petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari on how they were disengaged on October, 2011, without any monetary compensation.
Leader of the disengaged workers, Mrs. Fidelia Ihejirika, who spoke to Vanguard in Aba, lamented that their appeal to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to deploy part of the state’s share of the Paris Club to pay off their entitlements, has not yielded fruit and urged the presidency to come to their aid.
Ihejirika urged the federal government to prevail on the state government to pay off the disengaged workers to save them from further suffering.
She disclosed that about 81 of the disengaged workers have died out of frustration as the exercise was carried out without regard to those who had put in almost 35 years of service and were not given any terminal benefit.
“The President through the Federal ministry of Justice acknowledged receipt of our petition in March 2016, but since then, we have not heard from them again. We are appealing to the presidency not to abandon us to our plight. We are going through untold suffering.”