Former staff of Kwara state-owned moribund sugar company, Tate Industries plc, have appealed to the incoming government in the state to effect payment of their two years salaries and other benefits.
The ex-workers, who staged a peaceful protest on the site of the defunct company on Wednesday, lamented that successive governments in the state since the company folded up in 1998 had turned deaf ears to the payment of their two years salaries.
One of the spokespersons of the affected staff, Adegboye Gabriel, who put the worth of the company as at 1998 during its closure at about two billion naira, said that some staff members served the company up 25 years but are yet to get their benefits till date.
He lamented that the state government took over the factory land to convert it to an extension of the Kwara state University in defiance to the interest of the workers. The workers begged the government to monetize the land for them or pay their final entitlements as workers of Tate Industries Plc.