With the inability of many state governments to pay their workers’ salaries as and when due, some civil servants have resorted to abandoning their duty posts or skipping work.
Our correspondents learnt that amid the current economic crisis, civil servants in many states have been going to work two or three days a week as a means of coping with the harsh times.
Some of the states were said to have depended on three months’ allocation from the Federal Government to pay a month’s salary.
For instance, it was learnt that many civil servants in Delta State have been going to work three times a week and in most cases, leaving before the official closing hours.
Some of the workers, who spoke to one of our correspondents, said they have also been leaving their vehicles at home because it is cheaper to trek to work.
One of them, who simply identified himself as Michael for fear of being sacked, said: “We can no longer afford the cost of living and transportation. Many of us working in Asaba live in Okpanam community, Ibusa and transportation to work costs N500 from there.
“Our salary is no longer regular, petroleum products are difficult to get, and transporters have increased their fares, so we have no other choice than to go to work at will.”