- Primary and secondary school teachers in Rivers State have protested against the non-payment of their five years salaries by the state government.
- The teachers alleged that it was unfair for the state government to continue to withhold their salaries.
Primary and secondary school teachers in Rivers State have protested against the non-payment of their five years salaries by the state government.
The aggrieved teachers protested in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Wednesday and barricaded the Rivers State Government House.
The protesters with placards bearing different inscriptions such as “Government is not a personal thing”, “Our teachers deserve better treatment, pay them their salaries”, “God is against injustice, please pay our teachers’ salaries”, “Wike ease our pain and save our education sector,” were joined by their former students, family members and members of civil society organisations.
The teachers alleged that it was unfair for the state government to continue to withhold their salaries, especially after a court of competent jurisdiction had ordered payment of same.
The Chairman, Rivers State Civil Society Organisations, Enefea Georgewill, while speaking, expressed sadness over the action of the Rivers State Government in withholding the teachers’ salaries for up to five years.
He appealed to the state governor, Nyesom Wike, to come to the teachers’ aid, adding that they have been experiencing severe hardship and unable to cater for their families.
Georgewill said, “We condemn in the strongest terms the attitude of the governor towards the teachers.
“How can the governor, Nyesom Wike donated N500 million to the Sokoto State government over a fire incident that engulfed a market, whereas teachers in his state are being owed five-year arrears of salaries.
“It is unfortunate we are in a country where people don’t appreciate peace. Violators are those rather placed on payrolls, and pay them every month, while nobody cares about the law-abiding ones.
“More than 26 teachers have died so far, over non-payment of their salaries, the governor should comply with the court order and pay us.”
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