Pressure is growing among workers to quit their jobs at Kada Cinema and Entertainment Plaza and Benin Legacy Mall both on Sapele road, Oredo Local government Area of Edo State, arising from the toughest financial squeeze of their lifetimes.
The Cinema and Ford Mart located one kilometre from each other, are owned by a former Governor of the State and another prominent Nigerian from the State.
Already, the Management staff of the Cinema, is already running helter skelter to address workers agitation caused by technical glitches and salvage the investment from crumbling and prevent exit of over 100 lowest-paid workers from the business.
A top Management staff of the Cinema, protested in one of the new generation Banks on Sapele Road on Friday June 7, 2023, according to checks by TheNewspad.
He admitted that transferred the sum of N3.2 million – workers salaries for June 2023, that he generated from a savings Account, via his mobile Bank App to a salary account, but, it failed.
The Management staff alleged that workers in the business, unrelenting to show understanding, hence, the appeal to Bank for urgent remedy.
But, one of the new generation Banks Management Customer (name withheld), was advised to wait till next week for the problem to be resolved.
TheNewspad investigation revealed that most of the workers at the Ford are planning to a stage a peaceful protest over non-payment of their salaries arrears running into millions of Naira.
This was months after the Management of the Mall located beside the Custodial Centre of the Nigerian Correctional Centre on Sapele road, downsized its workforce by 50 per cent without their wages and granted its Cusomers access to use its convenience at the Mall.
A popular food vendor who was affected by unpaid salaries saga, alleged that the Management of the Mall is owning her two months.
The former worker who was recruited through Edo Job through third party agents, said, “I have been there several times, but I was told to wait that they we call me to come for my N60,000.00 salary arrears.
The 21-year-old female Secondary school set holder, said a graduate worker earns N40,000 monthly while a Secondary school leaver is earns N30,000 per month, with one day work-free for workers in both cadres.
“I took the job thinking that I could save money to save money to procure Universities Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME) form from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) enrol for preparatory Class. But, my expectation was dashed.
The Management of Legacy Mall, sidestepped questions about the inquiries from TheNewspad reporter on Saturday.
Speaking on the development, the spokesman for Kada Cinema and Entertainment Plaza, Mr Mark Nworji denied the allegation.
He told TheNewspad in a phone interview that Kada Cinema workers have been their salaries up to date, adding that he received his salary for the month of June 2023.
According to him, “That is a total falsehood. As I speak with you, I have received my last month salary. And everybody in Kada Cinema has received their last month salary.
But a source in the Organization that pleaded for anonymity said, “The only issue somewhere is that about four or five staff in their Departments where they were shortages.
“Their salaries have not been paid that we are investigating, pending the outcome of the investigation. Their issue has something to do with missing items that were kept in their custody”, the source said.