Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has threatened to deal with teachers in the state over their planned protest.
The teachers are planning to protest against months of unpaid salaries and arrears.
Ikpeazu in a government special announcement signed Chris Ezem, the Secretary to Abia State Government: “The attention of Government has been drawn to a planned protest by some group of people masquerading themselves as teachers to disrupt the existing peaceful atmosphere in the state.
“For the avoidance of doubt and to put the records straight, Government in November 2021 paid eight months arrears of wages to teachers and following recent meetings held between Government and leadership of NUT (Abia State Wing),Government promised to intervene again with further bulk payment on outstanding wage bill within 14 days from the date of the said meeting which period is yet to expire and Government is committed to meeting it’s obligation in that regards.
“In view of the above and following the disassociation of the leadership of Nigerian Union of Teachers Abia State Wing from any intended protest by any group masquerading as teachers, Government hereby warn ,that,it will not hesitate to deal decisively with anybody or group that engages in any form of protest aimed at disturbing the current peace in the state.
“All security agents have been put on red alert to arrest,detain and prosecute all involved”.