Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT) Comrade Lucky Nkporgene-Dunata has threatened that the union would obey the two weeks ultimatum issued to state governments to clear teachers’ backlog of salaries or face industrial action.
The National President of NUT, Comrade Micheal Olukoya, during his address to mark this year’s World Teachers’ Day had directed states that are owing salary arrears of four months and above to immediately proceed on strike after two weeks without further delay.
In a statement, yesterday, Nkporgene-Dunata maintained that the union in the state would obey the two weeks ultimatum as directed by the national leadership of the body.
Nkporgene-Dunata regretted that the state government through the Commissioner for Education Prof. Kane Ebekwu allegedly told teachers that the government does not owe any worker in the state including teachers.
Dismissing the claim as misleading, Nkporgene-Dunata noted that some teachers in the state were still own by the government for months numbering four and above.
On the request that teachers should provide data of teachers that are being own, Nkporgene-Dunata added: “It is not our duty to give the government data since the ministry has two boards under it. With the help of the just concluded data collection via bio-metrics the government can sort it. If the union is to do it, it will amount to waste of time which we don’t want”.