WOMEN of Umuobiakwa community in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State have clarified the issue of non- payment of eight months salaries allegedly owed over hundreds of them who sweep one of the roads constructed in the council, saying that they were not staff of the state government.
Some of the women had, last week, been quoted as saying that they were being owed for eight months and pleaded with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to intervene.
But in a twist to the development, the women said at the weekend: “We engaged voluntarily in the sweeping of that road since it was constructed to show appreciation to our son, the state governor, who is from our community for giving us the first ever perfectly and concretely tarred road in our community”.
They added: “It was four months after we had been sweeping and keeping the road clean that the wife of the governor, Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu, magnanimously approved a stipend of N10,000 each for the over one hundred women engaged in the exercise but not as staff of the state government”.
Vanguard, September 2, 2018
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