Bayelsa teachers give Dickson ultimatum on payment of outstanding salaries

By Samuel Tombra, Yenagoa 

Primary and secondary school teachers in Bayelsa State have given Governor Seriake Dickson, a seven-day ultimatum to pay them over six-month arrears of salaries. The teachers under the aegis of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) said non-payment of salaries had thrown them into unbearable hardship. 

The teachers had earlier issued a 21-day ultimatum to the local and state governments on non-payment of salaries and other issues. 

But following the expiration of the ultimatum and government’s inactions, the teachers decided to renew it by seven days. 

The teachers in a communique jointly signed by the state Chairman, NUT, Mr. Kalama Toinipre and Secretary, Mr. Jonhson Hector, asked the government to reinstate dismissed teachers who were employed in 2008 and 2009. 

They also asked the government to address issues of transfer of management, duty-post allowances to principals and head teachers. 

They further appealed to the government to look into non-payment and non-implementation of promotions of teachers and N18,000 minimum wage arrears. 

The teachers said they were angry at non-provision of instructional materials and infrastructures in schools. 

They vowed to down tools on September 19 if after the ultimatum the government remained adamant.

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