For some, 15,000 Naira may appear small, but it is what some family survive on. And if it is small, why can't the authority pay as and when due?

Contract staff at the University of Abuja staged a peaceful protest over non-payment of salaries up to 6 months.

The contract staff include cleaners, security guards and potters at the school’s teaching hospital.

The protesters carrying placards with different inscriptions like – 'Pay us our money': 'Are we not Nigerians', 'some of us are widows, 'our children are out of school,' - caused gridlock on Dobi road connecting the hospital with the main town as both doctors and patients were stranded outside.

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Leader of the protesters, Leonard Mbanile, said several talks with the management demanding payment of the back-load of salaries yielded no positive result.

"This is why we have embarked on this peaceful demonstration to show our grievances over unpaid 6 months’ salary arrears.

"We have not been paid for over 6 months and some of us can no longer eat or take our children to school any longer.

"The salary is just 15,000 Naira per month and yet they find it difficult to pay the little stipend to their workers.

"We will give them a one day ultimatum after which the gate will remain locked until they pay all the salaries and allowances," he said.

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Meanwhile, Dr Nicholas Baamlong, the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of the hospital, said efforts were underway to clear the backlog of salary arrears owed.

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