Rivers teachers threaten strike over unpaid salaries

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Nyesom Wike

• Govt blames delay on biometric staff verification

Teachers in Rivers State have threatened to shut down schools over unpaid seven-month salaries.

The Nigerian Union of Teachers, Rivers State wing made the threat in a four-point communiqué after its state executive council meeting at the weekend.

Signed by the State NUT Chairman, Mr. Nkpogone Dumnataah and the secretary, Dr. Okechukwu Nwachukwu, the communiqué said that that if the backlog of salaries was not cleared by October 8, 2016, the union would declare a trade dispute and shun work.

However, State Commissioner for Information, Dr. Austin Tam-George, said the situation was due to biometric staff verification.

Tam-George explained that the exercise was to curb payroll fraud, through the physical biometric capture of all staff.

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