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2023 Census: 467 Adhoc staff in Bauchi protest non-payment of allowance 


2023 Census: 467 Adhoc staff in Bauchi protest non-payment of allowance

By Ahmed Ahmed

Not less than 467 Adhoc staff of the National Population Commission (NPC) in Bauchi State have taken to the streets to protest the non-payment of their allowances

Our correspondent reports that the protest, which was carried out in Wunti Street saw the Adhoc staff showing placards with inscriptions such as “No pay, no work,” and “We demand our allowances to NPC office on Tuesday.

Reports also indicate that the protesting staff members had been hired by NPC to provide support for the 2023 census exercise in the state.

The Spokesman of the ad-hoc staff Mr Abbas Adamu while addressing the state Director of the Commission and staff in Bauchi, said “we have done our job but are yet to receive our due allowances.”

“On behalf of the Ad-hoc NPC 2023 Census staff who participated as special workforce and facilitators for the upcoming 2023 census exercise.

“We are here to inform the Commission that we in the attached list have not received our training allowances which were conducted at Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi centers from 23 January to 5th Feb. For Special workforce and facilitators respectively.

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According to him, several appeals have been made to the state office of the National Population Commission to pay for the omitted facilitators and special workforce trainees but the response has not been encouraging.

He added we protest and present a letter to the office to demand payment of our allowances within seven days from the date of the receipt of the letter

Responding, Mr Hudu Baballe, State Director NPC lauded the Ad-hoc staff for carrying out the protest in a simple and violence-free manner.

“I have listened to all your grievances and complaints and they are all noted. I have gotten the letter which would be forwarded to the Commissioner and the National Headquarters in Abuja.

Baballe enjoined the Ad-hoc staff to remain as the Commission would do everything possible to look into your plight.

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