Delta State Youths under the aegis of Delta Youths Assembly (DYA), a socio-political pressure group comprising all the youths in the state have called on the state governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to urgently pay workers in the state with the ten billion naira (N10bln) received in the second tranche of Paris Club refund.
In a press statement signed by EZEKIEL ENEJETA, national publicity secretary of DYA, the group lamented the inn ability of Okowa-led state government in offsetting over fifteen months salary arrears owed local government employees in the state.
Reacting to the sufferings of workers in the state, Comrade Gilor Kelly, National President of DYA said inspite of the N21.54bn Delta State receives from federal allocations in first quarter of 2017, the state government is still owing workers.
“Delta state in the recently disbursed Paris Club refund received N10bln, the State also received N14,500,000,000 in 2016 and have so far received a total of 27,606,963,362.46 from the Paris Club refund between 1995 and 2002”, Comrade Gillor said.
“Also in federal allocations, the Okowa-led administration have received the third largest share behind Rivers and Bayelsa States, with all these funds including internally generated revenue, Delta State is still behind most states with visible deficit in infrastructural development”.
The group therefore enjoin Governor Okowa to use the Paris Club refund to offset salary arrears as workers in the state have lost patience in the midst of hardship and high cost of goods and services in the country.