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The Maltreatment Of Street Sweepers In Calabar Calls For Concern

The beauty and cleanliness Cross River State is enjoying today is as a result of these street sweepers who leave their houses by 3 or 4 a.m to the streets of Calabar just to ensure the roads are clean before road users wake up to use the road.

Photo of the women who protested


We have heard of cases where some of these women were raped and killed on the road just because they left their houses very early to keep the street clean. Should these sets of people be maltreated? Why will these people who are struggling to fend for their families be owed salaries? This act calls for concern.

On Wednesday, these women could not hold back their years. They took to the streets of Calabar to beg the government to remember them as they haven't been able to feed well.

For me, this act is highly condemnable. Even the State Chairperson of the Standup for Women Society (SWS), Cross River State Chapter, Mrs. Umo Basi-Edet has condemned in strong terms the Ill-treatment of these street sweepers who took to the streets of Calabar to protest the non-payment of their 6months salary.

The most annoying part of the whole scenario is seeing innocent, aged women, some widows being tear-gassed by security operatives for committing no offense.

The Only offense committed by these poor women was to ask for their meager salaries of 7,500 only owed for the past 6months to be paid to them.

These are women who take to the streets irrespective of the many risks of being attacked, raped, or even knocked down by vehicles just to keep the State Capital Clean and Green.

It is high time the State Government addresses the issues raised by these women and does the needful to ameliorate their sufferings.

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Calabar Cross River State Standup for Women Society

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