It was learnt that the protests by the workers disrupted the Federal Public Service Games, which is slated to hold in the state.
Dressed in black attires to signify mourning, the protesters marched through the major streets of the state capital, while placing curses on the state governor, Rochas Okorocha.
It was learnt that some of the workers, especially those in the State Specialist Hospital, were owed salaries as much as 13 months while the least among the protesters, were owed as much as nine months’ salaries.
One of the protesters, who sought anonymity because he did not want to be singled out for victimization by the government, said they wore black attires to mourn their colleagues in the judiciary, who he claimed died on Monday due to unpaid salaries.
Speaking during the protest, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Austin Chilakpu, said the workers were fed up of the development and decided to embark on street protests to call attention to their plight.
It would be recalled that Gov. Okorocha had blamed the workers for delay in the payment of their salaries, claiming they refused to collect their cheques.
The protesting workers, who blocked the main entrance to the Government House, Owerri, were addressed by the Deputy Chief of Staff, Administration, Kingsley Uju.
Mr. Uju, in his address, thanked the workers for conducting themselves peacefully and promised that their salaries will be paid next week.
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