Frustrated over Non-payment of their earned training allowances ahead of the 2023 population and housing census, trained Special Workforce and Facilitators recruited for the exercise in Bauchi have issued a seven days ultimatum to the National Population Commission (NPC) to pay all affected personnel immediately.
The affected personnel were trained from 23rd January to 5th February and 27th to 5th February 2023 at Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi respectively.
Leading a protest by the affected personnel to the Bauchi office of the NPC, Abbas Adamu said their colleagues were paid the allowances over two months ago, leaving nearly 500 persons unpaid.
“Several appeals have been made to the state office of the National Population Commission to pay the omitted Facilitators and special workforce trainees but the response has not been encouraging.
“The worrying part of it is that there seems to be no clear-cut explanation as to there is this unexplainable delay in the payment of those who have taken part in the exercise.
“Some of the trainees came from different locations and from far distances and underwent the training under difficult and challenging conditions.
“Instead of allowing rumours to fly around, the commission should come out openly and make a categorical statement about the status of payment of those who took part in the exercise but have not been paid,” he said.
Abbas also submitted a letter of demand for the immediate payment of their entitlements to the commission.
The protesting trainees carried different placards with inscriptions such as “pay us immediately to avoid further actions” and “trained facilitators replaced with untrained facilitators.
Receiving the protestors on behalf of the Federal Commissioner, a director with the commission, Hudu Babale said the grievances of the affected trainees will be surely relayed to appropriate authorities for immediate remedy.
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