Workers at Paul University in Awka, Anambra State, have staged a protest because they have not been paid their salaries for the past two years.




The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions such as, "Working without payment is unscriptural," "starvation is the worst form of attack, pay your staff or shutdown," and "Primate have mercy on us," stated that the debts ranged between 14 and 28 months. The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as, "Working without payment is unscriptural."

Their demonstration took place on Saturday, the same day that the Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba, Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, inaugurated the building that houses the institution's Law faculty.

Chidi Gabriel, acting Head of Information and Communication Technology, spoke on behalf of the protesters and stated that while the adjunct staff were being owed a total of 28 months, those who were on contracts and those who had regular engagements were owed a total of 24 and 14 months, respectively.

He expressed his regret that it was such a shame that an organization that was owned in equal parts by 55 different dioceses would have trouble paying its employees.

However, he exonerated the Most Reverend Alexander Ibezim, the Archbishop of Niger Province, because, according to him, Ibezim had helped to alleviate the people's suffering by providing them with periodic bailout funds.

He stated, "During these past months, we have been working without pay, and they have made promises without any indication that they will be fulfilled." Just try to put yourself in the shoes of our loved ones while they go without a paycheck. A goat that is owned by the public, according to a proverb, has a shorter lifespan. Our experiences have been like that overall, though. If they are unable to pay the tuition, then there is no reason to keep the school open.

In his response, the Primate assuaged their concerns by reassuring them that he had looked into the situation and that their complaints were being taken into consideration.

He stated, "Your concerns are being taken into consideration. I have become involved in the situation. The laborer worked hard and earned his pay. I am here to support you and understand the anguish you feel. I, along with the other Bishops, the Senate, and management, will put our heads together to make sure that your concern is addressed.

"I have issued a directive that some funds be made available in order to address the matter. You can expect to hear from us at the appropriate time.

The Primate and Archbishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, along with other bishops from various dioceses across the country, presided over the inauguration of the law building, which was given its current name in honor of the Archbishop of Niger Province.

In addition, the Primate inaugurated the Renaissance Modern Polytechnic in Mbaukwu as well as the Millennium College of Nursing Sciences in Awka.

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