By Christian Ogbonna/ Nathan Nwakamma
The eight months’ wage owed to major college lecturers in Bayelsa has prompted the indefinite closure of all public faculties.
Secondary college lecturers are additionally owed three months arrears of wage.
The faculties have been shut since January 9 when the lecturers launched into strike within the oil wealthy state.
Parents and faculty kids on Sunday expressed worries over the indefinite closure of the faculties.
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) within the state referred to as for a complete industrial motion towards the state authorities.
The scenario compelled mother and father and faculty kids to attraction for a fast decision of the rift between authorities and lecturers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that the NUT had on Jan. 9 directed lecturers within the state to embark on an indefinite strike over their unpaid wage.
Primary college lecturers within the state are being owed eight months’ wage whereas secondary college lecturers are owed three months by the state authorities.
Some mother and father, who spoke with NAN on the event, urged the state authorities and the union to resolve the matter to allow their kids return to high school.
Mrs Catherine Akpe, a mum or dad, stated that the non-resumption of faculties was worrisome as kids remained at house whereas non-public faculties are operating.
She added that lecturers had been important to nation constructing and needs to be paid promptly.
Akpe decried the best way lecturers had been being handled not solely in Bayelsa however throughout the nation and appealed to the federal and state governments to adequately remunerate lecturers and make their welfare a precedence.
“All my kids are in public college, it has not been simple with them for the reason that strike commenced on Jan. 9.
“The authorities ought to look into the plight of the lecturers within the state as a result of it’s not good that you simply work and by finish of the month wage is not going to be paid.
“My children have been restless in the house since the strike and I cannot take them to private schools because of exorbitant fees,” she stated.
Also, Mr Jerry Apreala, one other mum or dad, urged the state authorities to speedily resolve the face-off with the lecturers to allow the kids return to high school.
“I see industrial action as a threat to development; I urge the government to expedite action in order not to push the children into criminal activities,” Apreala stated.
Also Ebi James, a pupil of St Judes Secondary School, famous that remaining at house after the Christmas and New yr holidays whereas their counterparts in non-public faculties are in faculties was not an excellent improvement.
“We have so far lost two weeks and it will take the grace of God to recover lost grounds, we need to go back to the class, they say an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, they should sort out the problems and re-open schools,” James stated.
The State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, had promised to make the well-being of employees, together with lecturers, a precedence.
Out of N14.eight billion obtained from the Federal Government within the final trench of the Paris Club Refunds, N5.6 billion was used to pay one and half months’ wage arrears of employees previous to the strike.
Mr Kalaama Toinpre, the state’s Chairman of NUT, stated the union was dedicated to guard the curiosity of its members.
“Yes, the strike remains to be on; plans are on-going to settle the salaries of members within the state.
“The strike was referred to as by the National management of NUT in states the place lecturers are owed, so we in Bayelsa complied.
“The nationwide management of NUT had been within the state and met with authorities and held fruitful dialogue.
‘We are going to await additional directives on the best way ahead,” Toinpre stated. (NAN)