Workers of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) on Monday locked out the commission’s Managing Director (MD), Williams Makinde, commissioners, and other officials during a mass protest against Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the commission over their alleged embezzlement of the 13% derivation and non-payment of staff bonuses.
The aggrieved workers shut down the commission headquarters as early as 8:00 a.m. in Warri and barricaded all surrounding roads. They accused the governor and DESOPADEC management of committing various injustices to the workers, including failing to pay their year-end bonuses, refusing to promote eligible workers, and failing to pay pensioners their retirement entitlements.
Describing Mr. Okowa as a bad omen and corrupt governor, the aggrieved workers vowed to continue with their protest until their demands…
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