Teachers in Imo State have vowed not to reopen schools amidst the coronavirus pandemic .
The chairman , Nigeria Union of Teachers in the state , Philip Nwanshi, who spoke with journalists in Owerri , on Wednesday said that the state had done nothing in settling their arrears of salaries
The NUT chairman said despite meeting with the state governor, Hope Uzodinma , the state government had refused to offset the arrears of salaries .
He said Uzodimma had in a meeting with NUT some months ago promised to clear arrears of salaries owed to teachers .
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Nwanshi complained that up till the first week of September salaries of about 2000 teachers in the state had not been paid for about seven months.
He said “ In Ngor Okpala LGA , no primary school teacher has received salary since March this year. In Owerri West and other LGAs also, many teachers are yet to receive their salaries .
“ There is no way you can tell me that what is holding their salaries is BVN and the banks . We cannot believe that . You cannot tell me that the papers of all the teachers in Ngor Okpala are wrong .
“ What we ’ re saying is that if every teacher does not get salaries up to date and if the union does not get its check – off dues , there is no possibility of schools reopening in Imo State .
“ The union has not been running since March and the government is deducting the check – off dues and not remitting the same to the union . And if we don ’ t react, our members will never have full confidence in us anymore. They ’ ll think we ’ve compromised . ”