By Festus Ahon
PEEVED by what they described as wickedness, hundreds of menial workers and private security guards who worked at the Stephen Keshi Stadium during the just concluded 21st African Senior Athletics Championship, yesterday stormed the streets of Asaba, the Delta state capital to protest against their unpaid salaries and maltreatment by the Local Organizing Committee, LOC.
Delta State Acting Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro (2nd left); Chairman Local Organizing Committee, Chief Solomon Ogba (2nd right); Chairman State Sport Commission, Tony Okowa (right) and Hon. Emeka Nwaobi, during the Test Run of the Facilities at Stephen Keshi Stadium, towards the Preparation of the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship Game in Asaba, Delta State.
The protesters comprising those engaged by private consultants (nameswitheld ) that got contracts from the Local Organizing Committee threatened to cripple commercial activities in the metropolis.
The protesters who blocked the popular Nnebisi Road, leading to the stadium to express their displeasure, chanted songs of disenchantment and rained abuses on the organisers over their ill-treatment.
It took the intervention of soldiers and men of the Eagle Net of the police command before they were evacuated from the road to the premises of the sports commission.
One of the protesters, a nursing mother, who simply identified herself as Amaka, lamented that they were made to resume clean-up by 5.30am and close after contingents, Very Important Persons, VIPs and spectators had left around 8.30pm every day for the period the tournament lasted.
Saying they became angry after the N15,000, being the total amount for the five days event allegedly agreed earlier was slashed to N7,500, she said, “We were promised N3,000 for a full day work. We resume 5.30am and close around 8.30pm. We fetched water with buckets for three days after the water tank collapsed which was not the initial agreement.’’.