- Teachers in Imo have left their fate in the hands of God
- Members of the NUT in the state have decided to go on a seven-day prayer and fasting session over the non-payment of their three-month salaries
- The teachers believe that during or after the spiritual exercise, God will touch the hearts of state government officials to do what they should
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The Imo state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has directed all its members to begin a one-week prayer and fasting over non-payment of their three-month salaries.
The directive from the union is contained in a statement issued by its secretary, Godwin Osogwa, on Wednesday, July 1, The Guardian reports.
The NUT in Imo urged teachers to call on God to touch the hearts of officials of the state government to do the needful.
It lamented that despite the pain of its members during the lockdown, they have remained without salaries for this number of months.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo was on Tuesday, June 30, given a 7-day ultimatum by angry pensioners in the state over the non-payment of their four months' pensions.
In their resolve, the pensioners threatened to storm the Government House following the governor's failure to pay their arrears.
In fact, the pensioners barricaded the gate of the Government House in protest over the non-payment of their pensions.
Nze Morris Amaechi, the secretary of the Pension Intervention Committee of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) in Imo told journalists: "We are giving Governor Hope Uzodinma 7-days to pay our four months arrears and if we are not paid he should expect us."
Added to this, Chief Ohanaeje Ike, chairman of the Union’s Pensions Intervention Committee, stated: "If we don’t receive our pensions before Tuesday next week we are going to occupy this Government House."
Also, Uzodinma had said it is illegal for former governors, deputy governors, assembly speakers and deputy speakers to be paid pensions and gratuities.
Uzodinma at the government house in Owerri on Thursday, May 21, said he had assented to a bill repealing the law that allowed pensions to be paid to the above category of persons.
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