The newly employed teachers in Delta State have urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to pay them their six months’ outstanding salaries before the stay-at-home order takes effect in the state.
Recall that, in an effort to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic, the governor had directed that from 6 am on Sunday, no vehicle would be allowed in or out of the state, while all markets will be closed on April 1.
Speaking with our correspondent on Friday in Asaba, the teachers decried that since their employment in September 2019, they had been working without salary.
According to them, the situation is becoming too difficult for them to bear, stressing that releasing their salaries will enable them to buy food and other necessities that would sustain them during the lockdown.
The teachers noted that the non-payment was taking longer than expected without explanation from relevant authorities, causing them to get heavily indebted.
A college teacher in Oshimili South local government area, who simply identified himself as Johnson, lamented that the situation was becoming unbearable for them, saying: “We have families and with these hard times, it is difficult to take care of ourselves.
“Debt is killing us. People are no longer willing to lend us money, they have lost confidence in us.”
When contacted, the state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Patrick Ukah, disclosed that the state government was looking into their payment, saying that the workers would be paid after the Coronavirus pandemic is over.
Efforts to get the reaction of relevant offices in the Post Primary Education Board is yet to yield results.
However, a senior staff of the board, who did not want his name published, disclosed that the payment was in batches.
According to him, those who were not paid in March should be patient as their payment will be made before May.