A man known as Joseph Odey, 26, from Yala Local Government Area of Cross River has protested the non-payment of the sum of N13 million gratuity for his late father.
According to the 26-year-old man, he will commit suicide if the Nigerian government fails to redeem the money.
The aggrieved young man who spoke to journalists during his protest noted that his father died on 12th December 2015 after 32 years of serving the government, until his death, he was the Principal of Government Secondary School Ebo in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River.
According to him, he’s provided for the requirements necessary for payment since 2018, but he is yet to receive a penny from the government.
“Following his sad death, I commenced processing the papers for payment of his benefits, completed it in 2017 and received official approval in January 2018.
“He added that there was a backlog of pending payments stretching back to 2014, all awaiting the governor’s approval. Following this disclosure, I have attempted several times to bring this issue to the governor’s attention, but failed as all messages to that effect were not answered.
“My late father’s gratuity is N13 million and I have the blueprint which I got from the Office of the Accountant- General of the state. My family has been facing hard times since the death of our father who was the breadwinner of the family.
“My two immediate younger sisters at different levels of study in the university are on the verge of dropping out, while the third who passed WAEC and JAMB exams this year faces an uncertain future due to our financial incapacitation”, he said.
Meanwhile, The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor; Christian Ita, Ben Ayade has responded to the protestor, noting the government would certainly pay when the time is due.
He noted it has been delayed because they inherited a backlog from 2013 which they have to pay. They are currently paying 2014 in budges and would definitely get to Joseph Odey.
“The state would definitely pay, what is delaying the payment is a function of money, but it will pay since the young man has gone through the whole process with the office of the accountant-general”, he said.