Uyai-Abasi Etido


Over 1,000 contract security workers of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDCC) in nine state offices including the headquarters in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, have decried the death of their colleagues who died due to hunger following non-payment of salaries in the last seven months.

The aggrieved security workers threatened to carry out a peaceful protest at the headquarters in Port-Harcourt, next week.

According to the leaders of the workers: “From January until date, we have lost three staff due to hunger and lack of medical care. About nine staff fainted on duty while opening the gate at the headquarters office of NDDC and some state offices and more painfully, many are presently homeless because their landlords had ejected them from the apartments they rented, as they have no money to pay their rents.

“Most of our children cannot continue their education because of non-payment of school fees and other demands from the school authorities. The total number of contract security staff and cleaners from the nine state offices are over 1,000 workers, and the interim managing director failed to pay our salaries for seven months now.” They lamented.