Information available to Secrets Reporters news crew indicates that a planned massive protest will hold in Rivers State on Tuesday May 26, 2015 in Port Harcourt. The planned protest is to be carried out by ex corps members who served in Rivers state since 2012 till date and has not been paid their state allowance by Rotimi
Amaechi, the Governor of Rivers State.
Although, Mr.Amaechi has claimed to have settled all allowances, including salaries of staff in the employ of the government, Ex corps members who spoke to our reporters said they are yet to get a dime, hence the protest.
The scheduled protest is to kick off from the NYSC State Secretariat at 40 Ikwerre road, mile one Diobu, Port Harcourt.
Corps members who served in the state and have not been paid, have indicated so much interest in participating in the protest and they are scheduled to be in Port Harcourt latest Sunday, 24th May,2015 in preparation for the state protest.
They have vowed to expose the lies been peddled by Governor Amaechi that he has paid them.
Considering the economic and unemployment situation in the country, the said amount could go a long way in ameliorating part of their pressing issues.
Recollect that the Rivers state government has over the years been paying corps members one hundred and twenty thousand (120,000) at the end of their service year in the state as their state allowance. But for a period of three (3) years now, they have failed to pay the out gone corps members, citing insufficient fund as reason for nonpayment.
As at the time of going to press, calls made to the NYSC Public Relations Officer (P.R.O) for clarifications on this issue were not answered, as he never responded to a text message sent to his mobile phone.
Meanwhile, the commissioner for Youth Development in Rivers State, Sir.Owuwene Wonodi, who is the NYSC Board chairman in the state declined to speak on the issue.
The Ex corps members are mobilizing far and near, to converge in Port Harcourt for a peaceful protest and press home their demands.
Amaechi has been accused of using the state fund to finance the campaign of Muhammadu Buhari, thereby neglecting the state and starving workers of salaries.
Some of the Ex corps members who spoke with our crew said Amaechi should show statesmanship and settle them, rather than run to the media for cheap glory.