By Davies Iheamnachor & Mercy Oguji
PORT HARCOURT— Teachers in Rivers State have threatened to shut down schools over their unpaid seven months salaries.
The Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Rivers State Wing, disclosed this in a communiqué after its State Executive Council meeting, weekend.
In a statement, the state Chairman of NUT, Mr. Nkpogone Dumnataah and the Secretary, Dr. Okechukwu Nwachukwu, said the union resolved that it would call out its members from the classrooms if they were not paid 24 days after resumption.
The body urged its members to resume academic activities as the session begins on Wednesday, but vowed to lay down tools if the government fails to meet their demand for the payment of their salary arrears.
The statement said: “After due consideration, the trust the union has in the government of Rivers State and in the interest of our younger generations, the union, hereby, urges all teachers to resume school by September 14, 2016.
“The state government should, as much as possible, clear the backlog of salaries from February to August owed teachers of Rivers State. If the backlogs of salaries owed are not cleared between now and October 8, 2016, the union will have no option than to call out teachers from the classrooms to avoid imminent danger of a teacher slumping in the presence of his or her students or pupils.”
The teachers’ union also called on the state government to revisit the promotion of teachers in the state which, according to it, has been long overdue.