Teachers in Imo State have pledged not to reopen schools until their accumulated back pay has been cleared.
The president of the Nigerian Teachers Union (NUT) in the state, Philip Nwansi, who spoke to journalists in Owerri on Thursday, said the government had done nothing to pay off his back wages despite meeting with the governor. of the state, Hope Uzodinma on several occasions on the subject.
He said that the governor, in a meeting with NUT a few months ago, promised to settle the arrears of salaries owed to teachers.
Nwansi complained that as of the first week of September, the salaries of some 2,000 teachers in the state had not been paid for about seven months.
He said: “In Ngor Okpala LGA, no primary school teacher has received a salary since March this year. At Owerri West and other LGAs as well, many teachers have yet to receive their salaries.
“There is no way you can tell me that what is withholding their salaries is BVN and the banks. We can’t believe that. You cannot tell me that the documents of all the teachers in Ngor Okpala are wrong.
“What we are saying is that if all teachers do not update their salaries and if the union does not receive their verification dues, there is no chance that schools will reopen in Imo State.
“The union has not worked since March and the government is deducting the control fees and not remitting them to the union. And if we don’t react, our members will never have full confidence in us again. They will think we are engaged. “
In addition, he attributed the fear of teachers to reopen schools to the coronavirus pandemic, which, he said, has not been adequately contained in the state.