The Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa yesterday directed the Job Creation Office of the state to suggest ways to calm the suffering of the Delta Steel Company (DSC) 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 possible to help the workers, expressing regret over the development.
The governor made this known 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 said he was aware of the situation facing the workers and promised 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 untold hardship in the last five years due to the backlog of unpaid salaries.