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Indications have emerged that the recent teaching employment given to over 2000 graduates

by the Imo State government is fake.

Towards the end of 2013, the state government through its ministry of Community Government

and Chieftaincy Affairs announced the employment of over 200 teachers to be

posted to all the secondary schools in the state.

This followed  complaints from school heads

across the state over lack of teachers to teach in their schools after the

Rochas Okorocha-led government sacked 10,000 workers including teachers

employed by the previous administration in the state.

But learnt that since that supposed employment in November 2013, the teachers had been working without

employment letters.

They were promised to be paid monthly stipend of N20,000 for six month when their employment would be confirmed on a permanent basis, but checks showed that none of them had been paid despite having worked all through the period.


with  one of the affected teachers who spoke on the

condition of anonymity lamented that they had been working since last four

months without payments.

Another teacher who spoke with expressed

fears that Governor Rochas Okorocha might have given them fake employment,

since they were given no employment letters.

He recalled that the governor might be replicating what he did to road contractors

in the state, sometime in the past.

During the early days of his administration, Governor Okorocha had asked road

contractors to go to site and commence work without properly awarding the

contracts to them.

The contractors did not receive any contract papers, as none of the projects were

advertised for tender.

The result of that was that most of the contractors who spent millions of naira on

the projects were denied by the governor who told them to show the evidence of

their contract award papers, before they could be paid. Many of them went home

without receiving the payment for their work done.

In line with this, some of the newly recruited teachers are apprehensive that they

might be told to go and forfeit the ones they have done without pay since they

have no employment letter. They appealed to Governor Rochas Okorocha to pay

them and give them employment letter to help them concentrate on the job.

When visited the office of executive secretary of the Imo State Secondary Education Management Board (SEMB), the public relations officer of the board, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Udenkwo said the SEMB

could not pay the teacher because it did not employ any of them.

She directed this reporter to the Ministry of Community Government and Chieftaincy

Affairs for further enquires.

Attempt to get the reaction of the commissioner for community government and

chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Val Mbamalu could not yield any result as calls put

through to his phone line were not answered. Also, the sms sent to the same

phone line was not responded to.

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