Rivers teachers protest non-payment of 5 years salaries, block Govt House

Some government primary and secondary school teachers in Rivers State, yesterday, protested non-payment of their five years salaries by the state government.

The protesters, who took over the entrance of the Rivers State Government House with placards bearing different inscriptions such as “Government is not a personal thing”, “Our teachers deserve better treatment, pay them their salaries”, “God is against injustice, please pay our teachers’ salaries”, “Wike ease our pain and save our education sector,” were joined by their former students, family members and members of civil society organisations.

The teachers from Rivers State University International Demonstration Secondary School, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo in Port Harcourt; Ignatius Ajuru University of Education’s Staff Primary and Secondary School, Ndele and the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic’s Staff Primary and Secondary School, Bori, all in the state, said it was unfair for the government to continue to withhold their monies, especially after a court of competent jurisdiction had ordered payment of same.

Speaking, Chairman, Rivers State Civil Society Organisations, Enefea Georgewill expressed sadness over the action of the state government in withholding the teachers’ salaries for up to five years.