The rate of crisis looming over the Cross River State government is becoming alarming. The rate at which protests are becoming the call of the state calls for concern. Just in one month, the state has witnessed up to three different protests.
Firstly, it was a protest from civil servants who claimed that the government has refused to fully implement a minimum wage and the implementation of 27.5% teachers enhancement allowance, amongst others.
The organized labor, under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress, and the Joint Public Negotiation Council in Cross River State, later asked workers to begin an indefinite strike to press home their demands.
Secondly, Last week Thursday Street sweepers took to the streets of Calabar demanding that the government pay them their 6 monthly salaries.
The most worrisome part was when security operatives dispersed them with tear gas.
As if that was not enough, on Monday, Ex militants in Cross River State took to the streets of Calabar to protest the poor handling of the process of integration.
The former agitators who took their protest to the governor’s office in Calabar also accused governor Ayade’s aide, Austin Ibok of failure in handling the process.
According to them, they went for training through the Ecowas amnesty program. When they came back from training, they were promised a lot of things but till now they have not gotten any of those things and the government keeps promising yet nothing has happened.
They added that each time they remind the government of their promises, they will give them a stipend and tell them to go and return.
One question that needs answering is why there is an increase in all forms of protest in the state. I think it is high time the government resolved some issues in the state to finish well.
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