Imo Govt Speeds Up Verification Exercise
… May Clear Arrears B4 Resumption
… Omitted Teachers, Others Vow Not TO Return TO Classes
In a bid to ensure that Imo state Government own schools resume classes with their counterparts, the Imo State Government has facilitated the ongoing verification exercise of the Teachers to ensure that the genuine Teachers who for one reason and the other were omitted in the salary payment receive their arrears before the new date of resumption which the Government would soon announce.
Imo State Government under the leadership of senator Hope Uzodinma had in the bid to sanitize the Imo civil service, engaged civil servants to verification, and automation exercise to it fish out the ghost workers amongst them.
This exercise however was greeted with various reactions by Imo people given its delay in payment of salaries.
While some persons condemned the exercise, others hailed the Government but insisted that it has to be done as quickly as possible to enable the adjudged genuine workers to receive their salaries hence civil service is said to be the only Industry in Imo.
While the exercise was ongoing, the majority of the civil servants cleared started receiving their arrears of salaries while some have not particularly those in the primary schools.
Speaking with one of the Leaders of Nigeria Union of Teachers, the Imo State chapter, the Lady who would not want her name in print revealed that why the State Government has not yet announced the resumption date of Government own schools in Imo while some states of the federation started the new academic year on Monday 21 September is to enable it Conclude the verification exercise before schools resume.
The speaker further pointed out that the leadership of the NUT in Imo has vowed not to return to classes for the new academic year without arrears of salaries owed to some Teachers are paid to them.
Recall that Imo state Government had a few months ago made a shocking revelation in the primary school’s sector where it said that over four thousand primary school Teachers are a ghost, a revelation which attracted varying reactions across the state.