TEACHERS STRIKE: Okowa In Panic Over Threats By CDHR To Mobilise Six Million Deltans, Non Deltans Against Him

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*** Issues 7 Day Ultimatum To Address Teachers Demands

Delta state governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Okowa is said to have been gripped with serious panic following Tuesday’s threats by Delta State Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, (CDHR), to mobilize six million Deltans and non Deltans to stage a mass protest against him over his adamance to teachers demands and plights across the state.

A government house source who confided in HardReporters correspondent in a telephone chat said the governor has been worried since the teachers embarked on the strike adding that Okowa’s worries became tensed when the CDHR threatened to mobilise six million Deltans and non Deltans to protest against him over his continued silence on the teachers demands and plights.

Comrade Kehinde Prince-Taiga, state chairman of CDHR, had on Tuesday vowed to mobilize six million Deltans and non Deltans as well as NADESTU, NANS, Student leaders, mothers and fathers, to protest against Okowa led administration over the governor adamance to address all the issues raised by the teachers so that the strike could be called off and the children return to school.

The human rights group also slammed the governor with a seven day ultimatum to as a matter of urgency and importance meet with the teachers and off set all their demands saying that anything fall short of that, Okowa will be met with mass protest.

“If Okowa fails to address the teachers plights and demand that made called for strike, CDHR shall mobilize six million Deltans and non -Deltans against Okowa. He must pay primary and secondary school teachers their salaries, arrears, entitlements and other issues raised by the teachers must be tackled.

“NADESTU, NANS, Student leaders, mothers and fathers we shall mobilize to the streets to block the streets that the governor must attend to the cry of teachers because nobody works without salary. Teachers cannot be going to school to teach our children when they are not being paid. We are highly disappointed for not taking primary and secondary schools as number one priority in his government.” Taiga stated.

HardReporters will recall that Delta State primary and secondary school teachers across the state on March, 9th, 2017 down tools over what they called, non payment of their salaries from December, January and February, non implementation of promotion released for Primary and Secondary schools since October 2016, decision by JAAC to reduce primary school teachers monthly salaries to 81%, non implementation of JAAC’s decision to pay primary school teachers, non payment of minimum wage for several years as well as illegal deductions of teachers salaries on the excuse of infotech biometric data report by Okowa led government.

As state governor, continues to intimidate and threaten the striking teachers, the Delta state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Jonathan Jemirieyigbe has vowed not to succumbed to any form of intimidation, threats and blackmail by Okowa and called on teachers to remain resolute in their demands.

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