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Rivers teachers threaten strike over unpaid salaries


Nyesom Wike

Nyesom Wike

• Govt blames delay on biometric staff verification

Teachers in Rivers State have threatened to shut down schools over unpaid seven-month salaries.

The Nigerian Union of Teachers, Rivers State wing made the threat in a four-point communiqué after its state executive council meeting at the weekend.

Signed by the State NUT Chairman, Mr. Nkpogone Dumnataah and the secretary, Dr. Okechukwu Nwachukwu, the communiqué said that that if the backlog of salaries was not cleared by October 8, 2016, the union would declare a trade dispute and shun work.

However, State Commissioner for Information, Dr. Austin Tam-George, said the situation was due to biometric staff verification.

Tam-George explained that the exercise was to curb payroll fraud, through the physical biometric capture of all staff.

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  • Wole

    The focus of Rivers state government is to return PDP back to power at all cost. Rivers state is the new ATM for PDP. The teachers can resign their appointments if they are tired of the ‘problem’ they put in power