'We Break Ramadan Fast With Water' - Nasarawa Workers
They have refused to allow their economic condition stop them from practicing their faith.
Some of them in Keffi, called on the government to pay them their three months’ salary arrears and other entitlements.
The workers began an indefinite strike on May 12 to press home their demand for salary arrears, and improved welfare.
“I am a teacher with the state Ministry of Education. For more than three months, we have not been paid our salaries, and this has caused untold hardship for us and our family members,” started Alhaji Garba Audu, a teacher with the Nasarawa State Ministry of Education.
“To have money to buy foodstuff to break Ramadan fast is a problem; most of us break our fast with water due to the non-payment of our salaries.
“Fasting has a lot of blessings from Allah, and every Muslim is expected to partake in it; hence, the need for the state government to pay workers’ salaries,” he lamented.
Another worker, Mr Samson Dauda of the Ministry of Works and Housing, said that the strike has also negatively affected all sectors of the state’s economy.
“To meet my basic needs and those of my family members is a challenge. For over three months now, we have not been paid. This is not fair,” he cried.