Staff of the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia (BCA), the state-owned electronic media, on Tuesday, September 4th embarked on a protest to drive home their demand for the payment of April 2015 salary, as well as fractional salaries being paid since the inception of the Okezie Ikpeazu led government in 2015.

The protest caused the radio and television services of the BCA to be shut down and offices placed under lock and key.

According to a staff of BCA who pleaded anonymity, the fractional salaries which started at the inception of this administration, became obviously pronounced and annoying in September last year, adding that staff are insisting that from this August, only full salaries will be acceptable.

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"We are tired of their empty promises. As a government worker, you cannot determine your monthly salary and we are barred from talking, yet we are journalists. The matter became more pronounced since the inception of the present administration in 2015."

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He added that they have gotten assurance from the state Commissioner for Finance that before the end of Tuesday, every issue surrounding the money would be resolved, but doubted government's sincerity to keeping its promise.

Another staff who also pleaded anonymity, disclosed that government had set up a committee to look into the matter, but the committee had not done anything, hinting that they were planning to extend the protest to tomorrow if the government does not do anything about it.

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When contacted, the Abia State NLC chairman, Uchenna Obigwe described the action of the workers as unfortunate, adding that the labour leaders are arranging a meeting with the management of the corporation and the government to resolve the problem.

"We received the report, we were not informed of plans to lock up the place. We are planning an expanded meeting where all the issues will be looked at," he confirmed.

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