The Staff of Demonstration Schools in Rivers State has condemned the lack of compliance of the state government over a court ruling on the payment of their salaries, since 2016.
In a joint media briefing with the Rivers Civil Society Organizations, on Wednesday, the teachers pleaded with the state government to obey the judgment of the Appeal Court, while explaining the hardship they are facing,
The teachers, who claimed that the government issued a directive that names of the affected teachers be expunged from the state government salary voucher, however, appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike, to pay up the salaries and the accruing arrears to enable them to cater for their various needs.
“Some of us have put in long years in the service of the school, all of a sudden now we have no income.
“It has been difficult for us to carry on with our families. Some of our children are out of school, so also others,” one of the teachers said.
Another teacher said, “The Governor is our father, let him come to our aid and remove this shame from our faces.”
However, the chairman of the Rivers Civil Society organization, Enefaa Georgewill, urged the state government to act accordingly, saying that they are subunits of the federal government.
Members of Demonstration Schools in Rivers State University, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Ken SaroWiwa Polytechnic, were present at the briefing.
Recall that on the 18 of February 2016, the Rivers state government had issued a directive that the names of the teachers in these demonstration schools be removed from the state’s payroll.