Seven Months Salary Arrears: We’ll Resist Directive To Reopen Schools – Imo Teachers


Teachers in Imo State say there is no way they would return to school after the corona lockdown when governor Hope Uzodinma is owing them seven months salary.

The chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers in the state, Philip Nwanshi said this to journalists on Wednesday, noting that the governor has done nothing to settle their arrears of salaries despite his promises.

According to him, notwithstanding meeting with the governor Uzodinma,  he has refused to clear the arrears of salaries.

He said Uzodimma had in a meeting with NUT some months ago promised to clear arrears of salaries owed to teachers.

Nwanshi said “In Ngor Okpala LGA, no primary school teacher has received salary since March this year. In Owerri West and other LGAs also, many teachers are yet to receive their salaries.

“There is no way you can tell me that what is holding their salaries is BVN and the banks. We cannot believe that. You cannot tell me that the papers of all the teachers in Ngor Okpala are wrong.

“What we’re saying is that if every teacher does not get salaries up to date and if the union does not get its check-off dues, there is no possibility of schools reopening in Imo State.

“The union has not been running since March and the government is deducting the check-off dues and not remitting the same to the union. And if we don’t react, our members will never have full confidence in us anymore. They’ll think we’ve compromised.”

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