The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in Imo state has criticized the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, accusing him of neglecting public schools and failing to pay teachers’ salaries in the state, with some of them said to be owed since January this year.
The NUT Chairman in the state, Comrade Napoleon Emenike Aniche, who stated this yesterday while giving his 2016 World Teachers Day address in the state, described the situation as worrisome and condemned the level of decayed infrastructure in public schools in the state.
According to him, “It is indeed worrisome to note that despite the 70 percent salaries paid to your hardworking teachers, some have not been paid their January, or February, or March 2016 salaries.
“Some have been waiting for two months, some one month. We have a compilation of the teachers involved.
“We have fulfilled all the conditions stipulated by the rescue mission in keeping with the repairs and pray the promised school running costs be immediately released to schools to enable them provide the needed items to keep teaching and learning afloat.
“Imo teachers demand that their full salaries be restored with effect from September salaries and all the arrears of deduction be paid before the end of this year.
“It is not only worrisome but unacceptable to Imo teachers and Principals in particular to allow a consultant to register their students for Junior School Certificate Examination for them.
“Our retired colleagues are mere ghost of themselves. They are owed backlog arrears pensions and no mention is being made about their gratuities.”
The governor, who had been widely praised for redeeming his pledge to the state gold medalists at the just-concluded Rio Paralympic Games earlier this year, had said he was going to pay only 70 per cent of workers’ salaries in the state.