Lecturers in Imo State have vowed to not reopen colleges till their gathered wage arrears have been cleared.
The chairman, Nigeria Union of Lecturers (NUT) within the State, Philip Nwansi, who spoke with journalists in Owerri, on Thursday, mentioned that the federal government had finished nothing in settling their arrears of salaries regardless of assembly with the State governor, Hope Uzodinma on a number of events on the problem.
He mentioned the Governor had in a gathering with NUT some months in the past promised to clear arrears of salaries owed to lecturers.
Nwansi complained that up until the primary week of September, salaries of about 2000 lecturers within the State had not been paid for about seven months.
He mentioned “In Ngor Okpala LGA, no main faculty trainer has acquired wage since March this yr. In Owerri West and different LGAs additionally, many lecturers are but to obtain their salaries.
“There is no such thing as a manner you’ll be able to inform me that what’s holding their salaries is BVN and the banks. We can not imagine that. You can’t inform me that the papers of all of the lecturers in Ngor Okpala are unsuitable.
“What we’re saying is that if each trainer doesn’t get salaries updated and if the union doesn’t get its check-off dues, there isn’t a risk of faculties reopening in Imo State.
“The union has not been operating since March and the federal government is deducting the check-off dues and never remitting the identical to the union. And if we don’t react, our members won’t ever have full confidence in us anymore. They’ll assume we’ve compromised.”
He additional attributed the worry of lecturers to reopen colleges to the coronavirus pandemic which he mentioned has not been correctly contained within the State.