Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma has threatened to arrest any protesting instructor, employee or pensioner within the state, insisting that his authorities is owing nobody.
He stated these protesting towards the directive of the federal government weren’t solely ghost employees however rented protesters by enemies of the federal government to misinform the general public.
The Governor who spoke by his Commissioner for Data, additional accused the protesting academics of constituting nuisance within the state and misinforming the general public, warning those that interact in that, to desist or have themselves accountable.
Main and secondary faculty academics within the state on Thursday took to the streets of Owerri, the state capital, demanding for his or her 12 months unpaid wage arrears.
The protesters numbering over 300 stormed the federal government home, Owerri with their employment particulars and placards, portray the federal government in ”a nasty mild.”
Mrs. Grace Ajaelu, one of many protesting academics who spoke to journalists, stated she had spent 29 years in service, lamenting that she had not obtained wage since Governor Hope Uzodinma got here on board.
“I used to be employed and began educating in 1992, however for the reason that tenure of Senator Hope Uzodinma, I’ve not obtained a dime. The final wage I acquired was in February, 2020.
“That is full 12 months now, no wage. Why would the Governor tag us ‘ghost employees’ after 29 years of lively service. That is the peak of insensitivity and callousness.
“I’m preparing for my retirement. I’ve no different supply of livelihood as a widow. How will I care for myself and household. Starvation is ravaging us in the home. That is the means from which I pay my household payments. Now the federal government has refused to pay me and referred to as me a ghost employee. God, why?
“I enchantment to the Governor to mood justice with mercy and pay us our one-year wage arrears. We’re dying regularly.”
One other instructor from Mbaitoli LGA who gave her identify as Juliet Akalazu, stated that the Governor was suffocating them to dying. She disclosed that she had spent eight years in lively service.
Hear her, “since March final 12 months, I’ve not obtained any kobo as wage. This authorities is depraved and insensitive,” she added.
In the meantime, the federal government by its Commissioner for Data, Declan Emelumba, had described the protesting academics as ghost employees blended with employed crowd by enemies of the federal government to misinform the general public.
Emelumba spoke to some journalists in response to the protest.