Until the arrears of their salaries are paid, teachers in Imo state say they will not heed any directive by the state Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma to return to class.

The teachers stated this through the chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in the state, Philip Nwanshi, who spoke with journalists in Owerri, on Wednesday, adding that the state had done nothing in settling their arrears of salaries

He said that despite meeting with the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, the state government had refused to offset the arrears of salaries and that Uzodimma had in a meeting with NUT some months ago promised to clear arrears of salaries owed to teachers.

“In Ngor Okpala LGA, no primary school teacher has received salary since March this year. In Owerri West and other LGAs also, many teachers are yet to receive their salaries.

“There is no way you can tell me that what is holding their salaries is BVN and the banks. We cannot believe that. You cannot tell me that the papers of all the teachers in Ngor Okpala are wrong.

“What we’re saying is that if every teacher does not get salaries up to date and if the union does not get its check-off dues, there is no possibility of schools reopening in Imo State,” he said.

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