Owerri: Imo Teachers protest, demand 12 months unpaid salaries

Owerri: Imo Teachers protest, demand 12 months unpaid salaries

Primary and secondary school teachers in Imo State on Wednesday cried out over the non-payment of their salaries running into 12 months. The teachers’ protest followed Governor Hope Uzodimma’s comments last weekend that “those complaining of unpaid salaries in Imo state are ghost workers or fraudsters”. The governor had told journalists, “This government has paid every genuine worker; those complaining of non-payment are either ghost workers or fraudsters. I am challenging anybody who has not received his or her salaries to come to Government House with his employment details and we will pay him or her immediately.” But, in response to the governor’s challenge, the affected teachers numbering over 300 stormed the government house, Owerri with their employment details and placards. While singing such songs as, “We’re not ghosts o; Hope, we’re not fraudsters”, the angry teachers alleged that their salaries were paid last in February 2020, just one month after Senator Hope Uzodimma became the governor of the state. One of the teachers at Community School, Udo in Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA, Mrs. Grace Ajaegbu, who said she has spent 29 years in service, said, “I was employed

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Imo CP dismisses 11 Cops, Investigates 19 others for corruption

Imo CP dismisses 11 Cops, Investigates 19 others for corruption

The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Isaac Akinmoyede, has dismissed 11 policemen in the state for corruption. According to the CP, no fewer than 19 others are currently being investigated by the command for corrupt practices and other unprofessional conducts. Akinmoyede, who spoke during a radio programme in Owerri, the state capital, said the command had no tolerance for acts that put the image of the Nigeria Police Force in disrepute. The CP disclosed that the dismissed policemen were found to had indulged in acts considered to be contrary to the oath they took during their enlistment into the Force. He stressed that the acts were against the rule of engagements in NPF. The CP advised the people of the state to keep bringing to his attention, actions of officers which negate the standard of professional engagements. He said the command was also investigating issues of extortion of the citizens at checkpoints. An official in the state command confirmed this to our correspondent, saying, “As of the last count, 11 officers have been dismissed from the force with about 19 being investigated in Imo State. They were found to have engaged in acts that damaged t

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