Imo teachers protest non-payment of 12 months salaries

Imo teachers protest non-payment of 12 months salaries

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma terminated the contract for the Assumpta-Port Harcourt highway on Monday over the abandonment of the project by the contractor managing it.

Elementary and secondary school teachers in Imo state on Thursday staged a peaceful protest over the state government’s failure to pay their salaries for 12 consecutive months.

Journalists reported that the protest, which took place in front of the Government House, Owerri, temporarily halted the movement of people and vehicles in the area.

It was learned that the action was sparked by Governor Hope Uzodinma’s claim that teachers who had not yet received their salaries were ‘ghost workers’.

The protesters carried banners with inscriptions, such as “Uzodimma lied to the people of Imo about the teachers’ salary”, “We are not ghost workers, we have our employment letters, please pay” and “Uzodimma come see us and show that we are ghosts. ” workers “.

The teachers, who sported long faces, alleged that they were last paid in February 2020, just a month after Uzodimma became governor.

Grace Ajaegbu, a teacher at Udo Community High School in Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area, said she had not been paid since the start of this administration.

“I started teaching in 1992 but since the administration of this our governor began, I have not received a penny.

“The last salary I received was in February 2020, which is now 12 months.

“I am not a scammer as the governor claimed, nor am I a ghost worker,” Ajaegbu said.

Juliet Akalazu of Mbaitoli, who said she had been employed for eight years, said she had not been paid since March 2020.

“The governor said that we are scammers and ghost workers. That prompted us to come up with the documents that we were employed with.

“We want the governor himself to verify our claims.

“Over the last year, we have done about 15 different biometric checks on this matter, but the governor does not want to pay us.

“We presented our documents to the offices of the general accountant and head of the (civil) service, but they have not paid us,” he said.

Governor Uzodinma’s media aide, Modestus Nwankpa, said the government had been consistent in paying teachers who were verified.

Nwankpa said the protesters were the ones who claimed to be teachers but refused to come forward for verification.

He said that no amount of blackmail would deter the government from disinfecting the “anomaly” system.

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