Abia teachers lament nonpayment of salaries

Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji

The teachers say they received their December salaries in February.

Teachers in Abia State are lamenting the irregular and haphazard payment of their salaries by the Abia State Government.

The teachers have accused the state of paying their salaries once in 3 months or longer.

All the teachers who spoke to Premium Times elected to do so anonymously.

According one primary school teacher, the last time she received a salary was on February 14 when she was paid her December salary.

“Whenever they owe us for three months, on the fourth month they will pay one month’s salary to prevent us from going on strike,” the teacher said.

Another teacher supported what her colleague had said, adding, “Even the long time approved minimum wage has accumulated as we are yet to receive the salaries from before the approval,” she lamented.

Secondary school teachers also made similar complaints. A secondary school teacher who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES said, “Abia State teachers have been neglected. Issues concerning salaries, leave allowances are not mentioned anymore.”

“The last time I was paid was in February, that was when I was paid my November salary and since then we’ve been waiting for our December salary,” the teacher said.

The teachers also said that when they are promoted, their new salaries are usually not implemented.

Government denies

When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to the Abia State Governor, Ugo Emezue, told PREMIUM TIMES that the teachers’ claims were false. He insisted that the February salaries were paid last week.

Mr. Emezue explained that the payment system in the state was being overhauled and switched to a biometric system. He added that in the course of the switch, a total of 1, 500 ghost workers from some local governments were identified.

Mr. Emezue, after requesting for the name of the specific schools involved, promised to verify the teachers’ complaints. He, however, attributed the possible cause of the payment backlog to the inability of some teachers to adapt to the new payment system.

“Such cases, if any at all, are isolated but I promise you I’ll verify these claims. That’s my job,” he said.

On the issue of new salary implementation, Mr. Emezue said the Local Government Education Authority handles that and he was assured that whoever merits promotion gets promoted with swift implementation.

“Teachers yet to upgrade their qualifications are given an opportunity by the state to do so through an in-house training. It does take some time to get them cleared after the training but once that is done, their new salaries are implemented,” he said.

He claimed the state had commenced the payment of the minimum wage, saying “We are paying even more than what was approved. We pay N20, 100 and we’ve paid all workers up to date.”


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  • Our Teachers should be truthful and do what the Govt had asked them to do. We cannot afford to let the Govt use our resources to service people that doesn’t merit pay. You cannot be a teacher and also be market woman. Do your teaching job diligently and get paid. Biometric is a good idea and support such

  • cosmosoulchukwu

    I urge us to adjudicate without sentiment,that’s the only factor that can mar our progress as a people…if T.A happened to be blood brother we could have been singing praises to the high heaven and lifting our voices above roof top for him,there fore since he is not,that is the reason some people have been against T.A Orji…let us kill off sentiment and allow good censure to live in us,as for me T.A has show greater commitment that many,if not all the past governors of Abia state,so i will keep encouraging him to continue with his good work……

  • nwaohachisom

    the gov. is not owing any teachers in abia state, recently the governor release some fund in paying off the teachers salary ,these thread must be a cooked up story by those critics who are fighting to make sure that the present administration never move forward .

  • Uzor

    Jesus Christ!! Guess u guys were paid to post these comments here, my mum is a secondary school teacher in Aba, Abia state and true to this story the last time she got a salary was in February; her november salary was paid then. So if u say our wonderful governor, Thief After Orji recently released funds for teacher’s salary payment, have u also confirmed if they’ve truly have been paid as u claim. How can u also explain the fact that teachers who train our children are being owed for such a long time as 2-3 months for the work of so much shouting and training they do evryday? not to talk of the claimed #21,000 minimum wage, INDEED!!
    Anyways, I’m not suprised. after all that’s the same Abia we all live in: NO LIGHT; NO GOOD ROAD; NO WATER; everyday for the THIEF one day for the owner.
    Like my mum will always say: Their (Teachers) reward is in heaven!!

  • OCHENDO SLUMPS! Its been revealed that Gov TA Orji Last Wk slumped in d Govt House & had to be sneaked out of d state under a guise.Its not d first time this is happening to our dear Gov.We there4 urge all Abians to pls pray for his speedy recovery in INDIA & hope he will realize how merciful God is & that Life is just Vanity & not all about Money.Ochendo needs to be grateful & impact positively on Abians 4 whatever a man soweth that shall he surely reap!