Road sweepers hold Cross River SSG hostage,demand unpaid allowance
Secretary to Cross River State Government, Mrs Martina
Agbor, was yesterday held hostage by street sweepers and
gardeners at the Calabar Urban Development Authority,
CUDA, when she went there to take inventory of the
According to Vanguard, Mrs Agbor who had a scheduled
meeting with the Executive Secretary, Mr. Joemary Ekeng
Ita, arrived the sanitation office located on Ibrahim
Babangida Way in the state capital, to get details of the
capacity of the authority to clean up the state capital which
was filled with trash.
On seeing Mrs Agbor, about 500 workers in the agency
mobilised and waited patiently while she was shown round
workers who allegedly had not been paid their N5,000
allowances for seven months, surrounded her and
demanded their unpaid allowances before she would be
allowed to leave the premises.
She was held up in her car until a detachment of the Police
came to take her out of the premises.
Reacting on the incident, the SSG said the government was
not owing the workers, rather it was the contractors
handling the evacuation of refuse in the state capital that
“They are saying that government owes them and I
ask, owe you, how? Look at the books, they have
over 200 workers and yet the town is still dirty.
do we owe them for? Who are those that have been
working? That was what brought me here,” she