Aggrieved 254 Teachers Drag Governor To Court

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Aggrieved teachers have dragged the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike before a National Industrial Court sitting in Yenagoa for allegedly refusing to pay them their salaries since February.

The workers are teachers in primary, the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), and Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic (KSWP), Bori.

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The governor had in February announced that his administration would no longer pay the salaries of primary and secondary school teachers in the affected institutions where pupils and students pay school fees. Following Wike’s order in February, the teachers said their relevant institutions had refused to pay their salaries.

They appealed to the court to declare that they were entitled to the payments of their respective salaries, allowances and emoluments until they attain their respective ages of retirement in their various institutions.

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They further sought a declaration that the 1st defendant’s directive stopping the payment of their salaries with effect from the end of February 2016 was unlawful, null and void. Adding that the 1st defendant (Wike) had no right to order the discontinuance of the payment of their salaries with effect from February 2016.

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The court, which ruled that the matter was brought for mention and that the parties had yet to join issues, adjourned the case until July 12, 2016, for hearing.

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