BY ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA—AS teachers across the country plan to go on strike over non-implementation of new Teachers’ Salary Structure, TSS, Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State has appealed to teachers in the state not to join the strike, saying that the state was always willing to pay the salary but for paucity of funds.
The governor assured the teachers during a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in the state that once the finances of the state improve, the new salary would be paid.
Orji, who met with NUT leadership led by its chairman, Mr. Olua Omeoga, on how to resolve the issues of the impending strike, reminded them that his administration was one of the states that had been paying teachers higher salaries.
“It is always better to have peace than to have war amongst ourselves,” the governor pleaded with the teachers, adding that labour has the right to agitate for their rights and be paid, pointing out that it was a known fact that the state had always been a friendly state with labour unions and would not be willing to engage them in any war over payment of TSS.
Orji recalled that NUT had listed Abia State among the 14 states across the federation that had not paid the TSS, saying “there is no crime in owing, so long as one is ever willing to pay and we have never said that we will not pay. We will pay when our economy improves.”