Street sweepers in Benin protest 7 months unpaid salaries

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State is seeking a second term in office
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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State is owing sweepers in the state capital seven months salaries

Some street sweepers under the Edo Waste Management Board in Benin, on Thursday, staged a protest in Government House over non-payment of their seven months salaries.

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions, “Gov. Obaseki hear our cry”, “Pay us our money” and “Commissioner for Environment where is our money’’?

One of the protesters, Mrs Magdalene Osemwenkhae, said non-payment of their salaries had made life difficult and brought hard ship on the well being of their families.

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Osemwenkhae appealed to all relevant authorities in the state to urgently pay them without further delay.

Addressing the protesters, the state Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, assured them that all issues leading to the delay on the payment of their salaries were currently being resolved.

Shaibu explained further that the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) is at a meeting with all the contractors under the waste management agency to resolve the issues.

He gave the assurances that the arrears will be paid soon.

Shaibu said that the government was planning a better Public Private Partnership (PPP) to keep the state clean adding that the partnership would impact positively on their welfare.