By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Staffs of Environmental Waste Management Company, ZL Global Alliance Nigeria Limited, engaged by the state government, Thursday stormed the Ministry of Environment due to consistent delay of payments of the workers’ wages by the Company.
The furious-looking workers said they were in the mother ministry to authenticate claims by their company that the state Ministry is owing it some millions of naira.
While they expressed worries that why they’re discharging their duties effectively, they were not being paid as at when due, as a result of the money owed the company that engaged their services.
Some of those, who spoke to our correspondent at the ministry’s premises, asked the Permanent Secretary, who stood in for the absented Commissioner, to confirm whether the claim of the company was true or not.
The Permanent Secretary, Raubilu Shehu Ibrahim, who came out to address the workers, confirmed that the company was indeed being owed some money, and appealed to the workers to exercise patience, assuring them that the ministry was doing ‘everything possible’ to effect the outstanding payments.
“We feel your pains and understand your complaints, but I have the authority of the commissioner to inform you that the situation will be addressed accordingly.”
“She has also asked me to schedule a meeting with her and your leaders tomorrow (today) to sort out the grey areas accordingly.
“The way and manner you have composed yourselves and articulate your complaints with maturity is commendable, and as a ministry, we will do the needful to resolve the matter,” he reiterated.
One of the leaders of the workers and the APC ward chairman of Maiburuji in Kaduna North local government, Ashiru Sani Hussaini, who spoke on behalf of the workers, said “We are here to find out the claims of the company we work for, that the ministry is withholding some of their monies, which is making it difficult for the company to pay us our salaries in full and as at when due.
“We are happy that the ministry through the permanent secretary confirmed owing the company, and assured us that efforts are being made to make payment. We are going to hold another meeting with the Commissioner tomorrow (today),” he said.
Our correspondent, who visited some parts of Kaduna metropolis, reports that even though the workers were aggrieved, they were always seen discharging their duties of keeping the state clean.