The strike action embarked upon by secondary school teachers in Abia State has been called off following the meeting held between the management of the Secondary Education Management Board, SEMB, and the government which resulted in the issuance of money for the payment of August, September and October 2019 salary arrears.
News Critic reports that the Abia State secondary school teachers, after several unfulfilled promises from the state government, decided to embark on strike action to press home their demand for the payment of their outstanding salary arrears being owed by the state government.
In a telephone interview with the Executive Secretary of SEMB, Sir Law Ogbonna, he confirmed that the secondary school teachers have called off the strike, adding that the meeting with the government was fruitful because governor Okezie Ikpeazu has issued out money for the payment of three months’ salary arrears.
He disclosed that the money will be paid to the teachers before the end of the week or next week due to the Salah holiday. On the fate of the newly recruited teachers who have been working without salaries since January 2019, Sir Ogbonna said the governor has minute to the commissioner for finance, adding that his office is compiling the data on that which the commissioner will act on. He however, advised the new teachers to exercise a little patience as they will be paid within the shortest possible time.
News Critic gathered that the present strike action embarked by teachers in the state is the effort of the national union which called out the strike because they want the government to pay up all the arrears being owed the teachers in Abia before the strike would be suspended. Sources said the national union might not intervene again in the event the teachers call off the strike and the government reneges on its promise to liquidate the unpaid salary arrears.