Road sweepers hold Cross River SSG hostage

October 06, 2015
By Emma Una

CALABAR—Secretary to Cross River State Government, Mrs
Martina Agbor, was yesterday held hostage by street
sweepers and gardeners at the Calabar Urban Development
Authority, CUDA, when she went there to take inventory of the
Authority’s vehicles and other facilities.

A source told Vanguard that Mrs Agbor arrived the sanitation
office located on Ibrahim Babangida Way in the state capital,
and went straight to meet with the Executive Secretary, Mr.
Joemary Ekeng Ita.

It was gathered that she was there to get details of the
capacity of the authority to clean up the state capital which in
recent times had been taken over by refuse dumps.

According to the source, workers in the agency, numbering
about 500, on noticing the SSG’s presence, mobilised and
waited patiently while she was shown round the premises.

After the inspection, as she was about to leave, the angry
workers who allegedly had not been paid their N5,000
allowances for seven months, surrounded her demanding for
their accumulated allowances, or she would not leave the

She was held up in her car until a detachment of the Police
came to take her out of the premises.

Reacting on the incident, the SSG said the government was
not owing the workers, but the contractors handling the
evacuation of refuse in the state capital.

“They are saying that government owes them and I ask, owe
you, how? Look at the books, they have over 200 workers
and yet the town is still dirty. What do we owe them for? Who
are those that have been working? That was what brought me
here,” she said.

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