Contract workers of the Ondo Business District (OBD) office of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), located along Brigadier Ademulegun Road in Ondo town, Tuesday disrupted economic activities in the office following a protest over alleged non-payment of their five months’ salaries.
The workers, mostly those in the security department of the organisation, shut gates leading to the office, while discussing the issue in hush tones.
The leader of the workers, Mr. Oluwole Olowu, who claimed to be the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the company, said they embarked on the protest to demand the payment of their five months’ salary.
The workers numbering about 40, dressed in the uniform of Nigerian Legion, carried placards to decry the situation.
The placards had inscriptions such as: â€˜BEDC pay us our salaryâ€™, â€˜Our children are hungryâ€™, â€˜We want to pay our children school feesâ€™ and â€˜we want to pay our house rentsâ€™ among others.
Olowu said the workers had wrote to the company informing the management of their action. He further explained that they had also written to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Yaba Police station in Ondo town to inform him ahead of the protest.
The BEDC Public Relations Officer in Ondo, Mr. Oghale Eduzaire, said the problem was an in-house thing, which affected not only the security officers alone but all other casual staff in the company, including the members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in the company.
He explained that the manager in charge of Ondo had been away to Benin City, Edo State for three days to resolve the problem. He assured the protesters that the problem would be resolved within the next couple of days.