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Abia Govt Begs Teachers To Call Off Strike



Abia state government has appealed to teachers in the state to resume work, by March 1, 2020, saying that it had paid one million Naira between December 2020 and January 2021, to settle arrears of salaries, owed teachers in the state.

Teachers in the state had gone on an indefinite strike to press home the demand for the payment of arrears of salaries owed them.

Chief John Okiyi Kalu, who is the commissioner for information in the state, disclosed this in a statement.

He explained that the government is committed to the payment of the outstanding arrears of salaries and urged the teachers to reciprocate the gesture by resuming duties on March 1.

In his words; “The Abia State Government wishes to appreciate teachers in the State for their understanding in the processes we have initiated to clear the outstanding emoluments being owed them.

“To demonstrate our commitment to this cause, the government has already paid a total of N1.1bn in salary arrears to the teachers between December 2020 and now, and is set to further pay their TSS within the week.

“Based on the foregoing, we call on the teachers to reciprocate government gestures, and show a further sense of patriotism by returning to classes on March 1, 2021.”

The Commissioner also stated  the government is determined to improve the well-being of teachers in the state.

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