Women who are engaged to sweep streets in Owerri, the Imo State capital have embarked on protest, blocking State Government House over none payment of their accumulated salary arrears.
The women, who insisted on seeing the governor, Hope Uzodinma, alleged that they have not been paid since he took over power on January 15.
The leader of the women, who simply gave her name as Charity, said that all entreaties they had made to make the government pay them their salary arrears have been futile, blaming the government for not being compassionate on them despite the risk they take in sweeping the streets in the state capital.
She said that most of them are poor, including widows that depend on the stipends they receive as salaries to take care of their families.
When contacted, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Print Media, Modestus Nwamkpa, said the government is looking into the matter, even as he assured that all grievances would be resolved by the government.
Nwamkpa said the governor is not the cause of most of the issues people are currently kicking against.