Striking Bayelsa Teachers Reach Truce With Gov. Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson

Teachers of government ‎owned primary and secondary schools in Bayelsa have agreed to call off their ongoing industrial action and return to their classrooms, after a meeting with Governor Seriake Dickson on Thursday.

At the meeting, the state government and the striking teachers agreed on the modalities of payment of the salaries.

Jonathan Obuebite, the state’s commissioner of information, said in a statement that governor Dickson is saddened that students in public schools were still at home.

He noted that the meeting between the teachers and the state government was in commemoration of the 2016 World Teachers Day and it was used to address some of the challenges faced by teachers in the state.



    “At the meeting solutions were proffered and the governor also thanked the principals for their show of understanding and support  to his administration,” The commissioner stated.

    “Dickson after listening to complaints by some principals assured them that henceforth teachers would be paid first every month.

    “To achieve that he said a new bank would be used for teachers alone to avert any form of delay in payment and he used the meeting to recognise and congratulate some honest and dedicated principals like Mr Hitler the principle of CSS Elegbegbiri who refunded money that was over paid to his school.”

    Obuebite said the teachers were full of commendations for the governor at the end of the meeting, saying that his sincerity in ensuring that the strike was called off tells a lot about his commitment to education.

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