Henrietta Ashikodi Umuahia:
The Abia state chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) comrade Chizobem Akparanta has called on Abia government to save NUT in the state from total collapse.
The state chairman stated this during this year Teachers Day celebration which held at NUT Secretariat Umuahia. Akparanta disclosed that teachers are not happy because of months of unpaid salaries. He however lauded Abia teachers for their resilient and hard work noting that their zeal and commitment in teaching made Abia students came first in WAEC in three consecutive time.
He maintained that teachers should be respected and honoured for the role they play in the society adding that while teachers have remained faithful in their agreement, government have not done their own part.
He gave the amount been owned by teachers to include, secondary school teachers, 7 months unpaid salaries, primary school teachers, 4 months unpaid salaries, 11 months of non payment of minimum wage, leave grant paid last 2009, and many months of non payment of TSS.
Speaking, the state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, comrade Uchenna Obigwe commended the teachers for their patients and dedication to work.
He disclosed that organise Labour is not happy over the continuous owing of reachers, saying that they in dialogue with government on how to clear all outstanding dept.
Comrade Obigwe noted that he was optimistic that government would soon listen to the demand of teachers considering the fact that general election was by the corner.
He disclosed that NLC have given optimatum to government to pay or they would shut down schools.
Speaking to press shortly, the state chairman Public Service Joint negotiating Council, comrade Chris Okoro said teachers are not treated fine in the state adding that most if them do not gave chairs, tables and reading materials.
He noted that the conditions of teachers need immediate reversal and rehabilitation pointing that we all buy from the same market.