By Bukola Olasanmi

 

Street sweepers in the Benin metropolis  have staged another protest over the alleged non-payment of their outstanding allowances by the Edo State Government.

The protesters claimed that they were owed allowances spanning six months.

The sweepers had in December, 2017, protested the non-payment of their eight-month allowance.

But Governor Godwin Obaseki said that the government was not indebted to them as they are not government employees.

Obaseki, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie,  explained that the sweepers were employed by contractors hired by the state government.

But the protesters, who marched through the King’s Square to the Nigeria Union of Journalists secretariat in Benin on Tuesday, insisted that they were  employed by the government.

One of them, Okoyamu Mama, said, “I work at the Aduwawa area. We are being owed for six months. It is the state government that pays us not the contractor; it promised to pay us but for the past six months, it kept asking us to be patient.