The Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday directed the job creation office of the state to suggest ways to ameliorate the suffering of the Delta Steel Company workers, who have not been paid their salaries for about five years.
No fewer than 26 of the unpaid workers had reportedly died of hunger.
Okowa said he would do everything within his reach to assist the workers. He said he was not happy with the development.
The governor said this while addressing the Parish Priest of Saint Michael Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Ezekiel Awore, who paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Asaba.
Okowa told his visitor that he was aware of the plight of the workers and pledged to assist them.
He said, “We need to create a programme through the job creation office to render assistance to some of the families. We don’t have the capacity to run the company as a state and we are aware that government is divesting interests in running business organisation.”
Awore had told Okowa that workers in the steel company had been facing hardship in the last five years due to unpaid salaries.