On Thursday, dozens of widows blocked the gate of the imo state government building in protest. With the support of the Imo Widows Sweeper Association, these women disrupted the flow of traffic around the government building.

They claimed that the government of Governor Hope Uzodimma owed them six months’ salary. The head of the organization, Ms Mercy Okorie, told reporters that the state government terminated their employment relationship last year, but refused to pay them six months’ salary.

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She said they would not leave the Government House gate until the governor agreed to pay them.

“We are widows, who used to sweep the streets of Owerri. We are over 500 in number. The government disengaged us last year, but refused to pay us our six months’ arrears of salaries. We have made efforts to get our salaries paid, but there’s no headway. We are owed N90,000 each, because our salary every month is N15,000,” Okorie stated.

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The women also prevented the convoy of the Governor’s Chief of Staff Nnamdi Anyaehie from entering the Governor’s Mansion. Anyaehie got out of his car and promised that they would be paid on or before Monday.

“On my honour, I want to assure that you will get your money on or before Monday. Governor Hope Uzodimma is very compassionate. He is for you. The delay is because most of you have not submitted your account details. The truth is that this administration does not pay salaries in cash, the way you were being paid before,” he stated.