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Public Primary and Secondary Schools in Bayelsa Remain Shut Over Teachers’ 7 Months Salary Arrears

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Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson

Public primary and secondary schools in Bayelsa have not yet resumed for the 2016/2017 session because of the failure of the state government to settle their seven months salary arrears.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the teachers  embarked on a strike at the end of the 2015/2016 long vacation which ended in the first week of September.

The Bayelsa chapter of  Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in a statement on Monday advised teachers to stay at home till their demands were met.

The union said the industrial action became inevitable after the expiration of its 21-day ultimatum to the government  on September 19.

In a statement signed by the state Chairman of NUT, Kalaama Toinpre, and Secretary, Johnson Hector, the teachers condemned alleged efforts to factionalise the union.

The union said it remained the legally recognised body charged with the responsibility of agitating for the welfare of primary and secondary school teachers.

The union expressed regret that the government had reneged on an earlier agreement reached in May to pay half salaries to its workers pending improvements in the finances of the state.

It said that the state government had only paid teachers their January salary in full and half salary in February, thereby leaving arrears of seven months.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Education, Markson Fefegha, said the government had been meeting with the teachers to resolve the issues raised by the teachers.

“We have been meeting with the executive of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, I have been explaining to them our efforts so far in meeting our salary obligations,” Fefegha said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

5 Comments

  1. Iris

    October 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Maybe their previous governor used their money to buy his 48 houses.

    • Mrs chidukane

      October 3, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Abii? I think we were better off with the military honestly. These civilians only know how to loot and steal shamelessly . The Governor of my state hasn’t executed one project since he won his election matter yet he has been buying property everywhere, even abroad.

    • Iris

      October 3, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      My dear the military is exactly the same, except they won’t even let you complain about them on a blog. They will call it something like War Against Irresponsible Communication.

    • nnenne

      October 3, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Mrs Chifukane…. The military??
      So, you think corruption just started
      Naira was once stronger than the dollar.
      Who was in power then?
      Jonathan?
      Keep listening to Buhari and APC

    • good girl

      October 4, 2016 at 10:25 am

      nnene …..have you been to bayelsa before???…if you can please go….i have a home there….it is a Pdp state and has only had pdp government from inception…Let us try to call out individuals for their failings and not distract from the main issue which is mismanagement and incompetence ..be it any political party…lets change the way we react to issues in this country and hold our officials directly accountable ..simple….

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