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Teachers stone LG boss over sack of colleagues

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—AGGRIEVED Primary School teachers in Isoko South local government council of Delta State yesterday hauled stones at Chairman of the local government council, Chief Askia Ogieh, in protest against their outstanding salaries and sacking of some of their colleagues.

Their action caused a stampede at the ongoing town hall meeting, as participants scampered for safety.

According to the protesting teachers who stormed the town hall meeting dressed in black clothes, some of the teachers have not been paid their salaries for upward of eight months, while some others were being owed three months salaries.

They alleged that the council chairman, Chief Askia Ogieh, was insensitive to the plight of teachers in the council area, noting that some teaching and non-teaching staff of the Local Government Education Authority were sacked by the council chairman on assumption of office.

Windscreen of vehicles that were parked around the venue of the meeting, belonging to participants were shattered, just as the council chairman, Chief Ogieh, was whisked away in a private car.

Efforts to reach the council chairman, Chief Ogieh, for comment on the issue proved abortive at press time.

However, a source close to the council boss, who pleaded anonymity,  said it was the 627 teaching and non-teaching staff employed above the 220 approved for the council to employ by his predecessor that were sacked based on the report of the Auditor-General of the State.

The source added that the council was not owing the teachers salaries, adding that they have been paid up to date.


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