A Senior Magistrate in Cross River State, Her Worship Rita Ititim joined other protesters in company of her 5-month-old baby to protest at Governor Benedict Ayade’s office over non-payment of their 26 months salaries.
Ititim and 29 magistrates set-off early in the morning of Monday 22 March 2021 with placards, demanding that Governor Ayade and the Cross River state government pays them.
She noted that her baby had been exposed to dangers because she had not been able to purchase drugs, foods and other essentials needs for her because she is been owing the pharmacies. She said she had no choice but to bring her to illustrate the plight she had been in over the period.
“I feel very terrible that I have been forced out in this cold with my baby to be attacked by sand flies.
“I feel very terrible. I am close to tears that my baby has to cope without drugs and foods.”
Spokesperson of the protesting magistrates, Solomon Abuo said;
“In January 2021, when we met with the governor, his deputy and attorney general of the state over our plight, he assured that he would defray the backlog of the 26 months salaries.
“We are most surprised that he has again reneged on his promise.
“It is very sad, unfair and heartlessness for the state government to treat us this way.
“Some of us have been evicted from our apartment’s over the inability to pay our rents.
“At that meeting, Gov Ayade set up a committee headed by his deputy, Prof Ivara Esu, who has since submitted his report to him.
“All that remains is for him to append his signature so that we can be paid. But we wouldn’t know why he doesn’t want to pay us.
“He agreed that the state government engaged us procedurally.”