By Dennis Udoma
UYO—Families of deceased teachers in Akwa Ibom State, yesterday, embarked on a peaceful protest, demanding payment of arrears of entitlements of dead relations by the state government.
The protesters, numbering about 200, on the platform of Association of Next-of-Kin of Late Primary School Teachers, ANKLPST, demonstrated at Government House Gate, Uyo.
They were protesting perceived government non-responsiveness to the families of dead civil servants.
The peaceful protest, which lasted several hours, according to the group leader, Mr. David Essien, was to draw the governor’s attention to the condition of the retired teachers’ families.
Essien lamented that they had written several letters and had negotiations to no avail after the dead teachers had served the state government for 35 years without gratuities, pensions and other benefits.
According to him, “some of the dead teachers served and retired as far back as 1991, yet nothing to show for services rendered to the state before they died.”
Also, one Mr. Nsima Akpan disclosed that his mother, Magdalene, who served for 35 years as a primary school teacher at Government Primary School, Mbiabam Ibiono in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area, died three months to her retirement and was yet to be paid her gratuity or pension.
Vanguard also gathered that the Head of Service, Mrs. Ekereobong Akpan, had earlier briefed the governor on the modalities to settle the issues.
State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr. Etim Ukpong, said he was disappointed as the state government could not respond to the problem of late teachers despite their interventions.