No fewer than 185 appointees of the Cross River State governor, Sen. Ben Ayade are demanding attention over the frustrated status caused them by their employer.
These appointees are among the December 2017 and February 2018 batch Sen. Ayade admitted as SA’s.
Upon the completion of documentation with the Office of the Secretary to the State Government in February this year, these new appointees join the already existing admitted appointees bringing the number to a total of 5000.
But regretful, which is the situation now, these recent appointees have not been allocated any office to carryout their duties thus having not paid their salaries since inception and not even an allowance.
One of the aides, who pleaded anonymity for fear of being victimised, said the experience has been harrowing and the excitement that accompanied the offer of employment was increasingly fading away.
His words: “I came all the way from Ogoja to do my documentation and the process took me over six weeks to complete. I have nowhere to stay in Calabar and each time I came, I squat with a friend who was kind enough to offer me a space in his single room.
“When our names were finally confirmed as S.As, I thought my problems were over only to realise that after three months, there is no accommodation for us, no office space and no salary.
“In fact, there is no communication whatsoever from our employers which is the government and right now, we are just roaming the streets of the capital and waiting to hear from the government,” he said.”
Another newly appointed S.A, who simply gave his name as Odey, said he does not understand why there was disparity among the employees of government as the government seems to take the welfare of the recently recruited aides with levity.
Odey said: “After going through a rigorous documentation process, we felt that we will quickly settle down to our duties but to our greatest dismay, about three months after our recruitment, the government seems to have forgotten that we were recruited.”