Tony Ita-Etim, Pot Harcourt
Rivers state chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has demanded for the payment of three months’ arrears of salaries and delayed promotions for four years.
The state NUT chairman, Comrade Nkpogone Dumnaata Lucky, made the demand in Port Harcourt, in an interview with newsmen.
The teachers appealed to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, to implement without further delay, their 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 promotions, for them to be on the same page with their contemporaries. In the Ministries, Departments and. Agents MDAs.
According to the NUT boss, “we are appreciative of the governor for setting up a verification committee to that effect, which of course has completed its work. We look forward to implementation of the report of the committee.”
Comrade Dimnaata also demanded the payment of teachers for the months of February, and March this year, omitted for those months, but have submitted relevant documents.
The Union leader explained that “this class of teachers should be paid, for their case does affect the issue of Biometric exercise.”
The NUT chairman said “the teachers are humble servants who try always to maintain good relationship with their employer, the government”.
Commenting on the strike action embarked upon by the union, the state NUT arrow head stated that, as an affiliate of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), it had no choice than to obey instruction from its head office.
He regretted the negative impact it had on the pupils, government and teachers but said it was an obvious sacrifice they had to make for a better future.
The NUT also appealed to the government for support, for construction of a befitting NUT Secretariat, as in other states like Bayelsa, Imo, Akwa Ibom among others.