A reader sent this to Us:
I am typing this in tears and a broken heart. Governor OKOWA has not been a blessing to the people of Delta state. Local government workers are suffering, my parents can hardly feed. I and my siblings can not even take our financial challenges to them.
I know some of their colleagues who can not even buy drugs for their health challenges, yet they (governor and aides) and their family are living in luxury. This has been going on for months, and each month they become hopeful that he is going to do the needful, yet I see my parents in tears every month.
It's not like they are not working for the pay. It's sad that they both work in the local government, hence we feel the pain more. To be fair, Delta is an oil producing state, the workers can not and should not be suffering like this.
Is it a crime we voted for him? The few months he manages to pay, he would pay a meagre percentage, and by the time bank make their deductions and the cooperative also deducts, then they have literally nothing for the month.
He is using our money to take care of all the numerous appointments he made. My mum cannot even get the proper medications for her condition and she is always looking for cheap alternative which breaks my heart.
There are other states that do not have our resources but are doing better. PDP must leave Delta. Check out how Abia governor, Anambra governor and others are doing well. We don't know what he is doing for Delta, even his home town Agbor.
When Ibori was in power, he built a hospital for his people and developed Ogara and the environs. All the south South governors have been developing their areas. We don't know what he (Okowa) did for Ika people during his tenure as a senator and we cannot see what he is doing now.
I read a few days back that Cross River paid their workers too early and they were lamenting, I just shook my head. How I wish!
My major heartbreak now is from the fact that we all know bailout has been released by the federal government, why are you (Okowa) refusing to pay the workers their arrears and choosing to pay just 2 months???? 2 months??? What is that going to do? By the time bank and cooperative, pensions and all make the deductions, what are we going to have left?
Seriously, I have vowed not to work in the local government sector in Nigeria. The way they treat local government workers like they are worthless is horrible in this country.
THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD COME TO THE AID OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT WORKERS AND REMOVE THEM FROM UNDER STATES, SO THEY CAN STOP GETTING 'LEFT OVERS' FROM THE STATES. Liberate the local government. THEY ARE HUMANS TOO.
OKOWA, we know you have given all the Tom, Dick and Harrys political appointments, but pity us as well. Pay us from the huge bail out you just got. We are begging and taking this fight to God. Let Him stand for us and wither all forces against us.
Please Nigerian, help us share this. He has to see it, and know that the children and families of these people (local government workers) are hardly getting complete meals and other basics of life.People work for months without getting their meager pay in oil-producing states in Nigeria. It's sad!
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