The social media space has been agog this few days with cry from ad-hoc staff who served in the Carnival Calabar last year as the decry not being paid their due stipends 5 months after.
Latest of them was from Diana-Mary Owan a popular Calabar based MC and Compere who served as MC and hypeman during the last carnival at the governor’s booth along Marian road.
In a note which followed a video on her facebook wall directed to His Excellency Governor Ben Ayade, she wrote…
Good evening your Excellency Sir.
It’s the fifth month after Carnival Calabar 2019 and I have not been given my stipend.
Y.E. I have served the Carnival for 15 years( that excludes the festival, when it was a month long event), and this is the first time it has taken this long to get paid.
You are a busy person, and it is very possible that it has skipped your mind. Today I beseech thee to visit this file.
It has been my pleasure serving from your booth in the past four years. I know that if your attention is drawn to this subject, you would do something. Every labourer is worthy of his wage .
This is a world event that I have served passionately in , I have morphed every year .I have been MC even with pregnancy, I have carried my new born babies while nursing to go and MC, passion drives me , and I would rather earn money because it is more honourable.I know I have done my best.
On that note governor Ayade , please, I need to recieve my earnings for 2019 Carnival. Nobody is giving me any answers , and if it is 5 months already I do not think it is treated as important, this is how I feel .It is painful and I am hurt by this treatment. My feelings may be inconsequential,pardon me for mentioning it , but I cannot help it,my emotions are irked and I am not given to dying in silence .
Y.E sir do you not think that we, I, should be paid for working during the Carnival in 2019? Are my feelings out of order? In 2019 I worked from the first event , National/local carnival, to the last .Hours on the beats.
15 years is a long time on that beat. Moving forward,God opens new doors and events/ carnivals .I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as 2019 signs me out .Sir it’s my retirement on that bit as MC carnival Calabar although am stints actively an MC .Pls sir try and pay me this May.My payment can be the best it has ever been , you are the digital, we know you have capacity to make this my retirement from carnival Calabar MCing a memorable one with mementos that are beautiful to erase this hurt of non payment .
Thank you Y.E. for your attention.
que Dieu vous bénisse.
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