Rivers’ teachers complain about five years of unpaid wages
Elementary and high school teachers at Rivers State public high schools screamed about non-payment of their five-year wages.
Interested teachers are from the Demonstration High School of the Pedagogical University. Ignatius Adjuru, Ndele, Rivers International University High School and Personnel High School, Port Harcourt, and Ken Saro-Viva Polytechnic High School, Bory.
Teachers, who number more than 250, said at a joint press conference with Rivers State Civil Society in Port Harcourt that the state government had suspended their salaries on February 18, 2016.
They said a government directive was issued requiring the names of affected teachers to be removed from the state government’s payroll voucher.
However, they turned to the Governor of Barru. Nies Vick to urgently pay them back their accumulated wages and arrears so that they can meet their families and health needs, saying they have faced untold hardships over the past five years.
They also stated that despite winning every dispute, the state government refused to pay them anything that could be prompted by protest in the streets if their demands were not heeded.
“If you look at where we are now, it’s like saying that we are almost dead. Many of my colleagues suffer from this or that disease.
“We beg the governor, we are all sons and daughters of Rivers, who must reconsider their decision and pay us,” said the injured teacher.
For his part, one of the male leaders (names withheld) said, “Some of us have served the school for years and suddenly we have no more income.
“It was difficult for us to move forward with our families. Some of our children don’t go to school, others don’t. The governor is our father, let him come to our aid and remove this shame from our faces. “
Meanwhile, Rivers State Civil Society President Enifa Georgeville called on the Governor to respond urgently and clarify the salaries of the teachers concerned.
Georgeville said: “The state is part of the federal government and we expect the Rivers State government to act responsibly in initiating payment of teachers’ salaries and arrears accumulated during the period when salaries were illegally suspended.
“What is the benefit of the Rivers State government? Especially given the fact that the Industrial Court and even the Court of Appeal have instructed the Rivers State government to pay them their salaries.
“We join the teachers in pleading with the Rivers State government to pay these teachers by the end of February 2021 or else we will go to protest.”
Source: – Punch Ng