Information reaching Cross River Daily News says Cross Riverians recruited into the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, NHGSFP, have not been paid three months salary.
The workers, referred to, as enumerators, whose duty was to enumerate pupils in participating schools took to their social media, WhatsApp group to protest the non payment of their renumeration as agreed by the organisers of the programme.
They explained that the program was meant to engage them for three months starting from October last year and that they were supposed to be paid their monthly salary at the completion of every four weeks task but have, since last year not been paid.
One of the enumerators (name: withheld) who was also selected as a supervisor on the platform lamented seriously over how badly the program has treated his group members. He said his annoyance is that these enumerators spent so much money going inside rural areas to get pupils enumerated and that most of them spent more than the stipulated transportation allowance given them.
Another enumerator who doesn’t want her name disclosed, said that the stipulated transportation allowance was supposed to be N8,000 per week but that the officials of the program deducted it to N4,600 for some weeks and N6,400 on other weeks which do not still come as at when due for smooth engagements, threatening to take industrial actions if no attention is paid them.
Meanwhile, commentators have informed Cross River Daily News that the issue was coming within the state as other states are not having the non payment issues. They noted that when Federal Government release the funds, they get to the State account for disbursement.
Calls from Cross River Daily News to Mr. Gabriel Okulaja, the Special Adviser to the Cross River State Governor on National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, HGSFP, and State Desk Officer were futile as they were neither answered nor returned.