Wike orders release of teachers’ arrears, represented at the occasion by his Deputy Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo

part of measures to boost the morale of Teachers, the Rivers State
Government has directed the Chairman of the State Civil Service
Commission to ensure the prompt release of teachers’ promotion and
payment of arrears due to them.
State Governor, Nyesom Wike
stated this, in commemoration of the 2015 World Teachers’ Day
Celebration, in Port Harcourt with the theme “Empowering Teachers,
Building sustainable societies.”
Governor Wike, who was
represented at the occasion by his Deputy Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, was
optimistic that with the zeal displayed by the New Management of the
State Civil Service Commission, issues of promotion and the associated
entitlements for workers would be adequately addressed.
described Teachers as critical elements in the enhancement of society,
noting that the Present Government is a ‘Teacher-friendly’
administration that holds the teaching profession in high esteem.
State Chief Executive noted that the present administration was
committed to addressing the welfare needs of the Teachers to enhance
increased productivity.
According to him, “Rivers State Government
attaches importance to the teaching profession and therefore declared
Monday School free to celebrate the day”, he asserted.
Governor commended the teachers for their massive turn out at the event,
pointing out that as character moulders, they must live up to their
responsibilities, adding that the State Government would strive to
fulfill its promises to the people, by giving education priority
his part, State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Rivers State
Wing, Comrade Nkpogone Lucky, said the World Teachers Day was created by
the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO), and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 1966, as a
Day for employers and employees to exchange ideas and plan the best
strategies towards realizing objectives of education.
Lucky, said sustainable society could only be built through quality
education where teachers were drivers and therefore called for adequate
incentives to motivate educators to give their best.

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