Cross River Daily can confidently report that teachers recruited by the State Secondary Education Board are yet to receive, even a month’s salary having worked for over eleven (11) months.
The teachers were employed in January, 2018 and were posted to their various schools of assignment in May, same year. From May 2018 to March 2019 it is about 11 months. Yet, these teachers have never been paid for at least a month.
When Cross River Daily spoke to few of the teachers, we gathered that since May last year, the State government has been feeding these teachers with one excuse and/or the other.
“First, they said our documentation was faulty; howthat something was being done to it. Later they said we were yet to be on the payroll. After then, we heard that we are now on payroll and that our salaries will meet us the next month. After that, what we later heard was that the governor was using the money meant for our salaries for elections and that immediately after his campaign, we would be paid. But you see, it is one month after elections and we are still yet to be paid,” one of the teachers told us.
Another teacher said he was already in hunt for another job as some of his colleagues had long abandoned the teaching job for paying jobs.
“To be sincere with you, I am currently looking for a job. No matter how small the pay will be. Provided I will be paid. It is crazy to see yourself work for more than ten (10) months and still no single pay yet you still wake up the next day to tell your neighbor that you are going to work. The governor has no conscience. That is just the matter,” he said.
Meanwhile, Cross River Daily is making efforts to hear from the Board’s Chairman, Mr. Johnson Ugbo as to why the teachers are owed for this long and when they should expect their dividends.