National Library workers shut operations over unpaid salaries

By Isa Lapai, Minna

Members of staff of the National Library in Minna have shut down operation to protest unpaid salaries.

The protesting workers are engaged on contractual basis claimed that they are being owned 14 months salaries and appeals to the management to pay the salaries have proved abortive.

The gates of the National Library in Minna was shut down preventing staffs and other visitors from entering into the Library.

Speaking to newsmen in Minna, the Head of the Contract Workers, Mallam Ibrahim Danlami appealed to the National Librarian, Professor Lenrie Olatikunbo Aina to look into their plight and direct the management of the Minna branch of the National Library to pay their salaries.

He said that the strike action will continue until their salaries are paid adding that the gates of the Library would remain shut against staff and visitors to the library.

Danlami lamented that the non payment of their salaries have made life difficult for them and their families adding that his children were chased out of school during the last term while another member was given quit notice because he was unable to pay his house rent.

He complained about the nonchalant attitude of the management of the National Library in Minna as no move have been made to assure them of when the salaries would be paid.

When contacted, the Head Librarian of the Minna branch of the National Library, Mr. Philemon Arya told our Correspondent to call the head office in Abuja adding that he will not speak on the issue.

“Call our head office in Abuja. The workers should call the Chief Executive in Abuja and lay their complain to him. I will not say anything about it”, he said.

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