Retired Imo Newspapers workers beg to be included

As the ongoing verification of pensioners in Imo State continues, retired workers of Imo Newspaper Ltd, Owerri, publishers of The Statesman, have decried the silence over their plight in the state.
The workers who held a meeting in Owerri, recently, urged the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to look towards their direction and alleviate their sufferings once and for all by including them as beneficiaries of the second tranche of the Paris Club refund.
A spokesman of the workers told Christian Voice that their counterparts in other states such as Rivers, Anambra, Edo, Oyo and Enugu have been settled by their respective governments.
He said that already more than 27 of the workers have died without getting one kobo as their entitlements. He therefore, urged the government not to allow the ones living to also die without enjoying their terminal benefits while alive.
According to him, the workers had made series of representations to the authorities without avail.
He called on top politicians, pastors and other men of God, top civil servants, leaders of the organised labour, the Owerri Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Manufacturing and Agriculture (OCCIMA) and other good spirited Nigerians to speak out on the issue.
He warned that unless these workers were taken care of, the survival of the newspaper company would be slim due to nemesis.

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