Rivers State Teachers Shutdown Schools, Send Pupils Back Home Over Salary Embezzlement (Photos)
It was reported that teachers at Obudu Local Government Area of Rivers State have taken everyone by surprise when they closed down primary schools in the entire Local Government Area and took to the streets in protest.
The teacher, who were said to be protesting over six months unpaid salaries held placards with various inscriptions condemning the action of the state governor by refusing to pay their salaries.
One of the teachers angrily explained that the protest was necessary because the teachers are scared that they would not be paid their salary as Christmas is fast approaching.
One of the school children sadly explained that, “My mum is a teacher. She has not been paid and our school exams is next week. Christmas is coming. Me and my sisters needs new Christmas clothes. The governor should pay teachers so we can write our exams.’
According to sources, the government of Cross River State is now using contractors to pay salaries. The contractors has been screening teachers for biometrics since Governor Benedict Ayade came into power, a job they have not been able to deliver.
A source from the Primary School Management Board hinted that the contractors have embezzled over N1 billion of teachers salaries in what they thought were ghost workers.