Some secondary school teachers of the Abia State Secondary Education Management Board(SEMB) on Friday alleged that over 70% percent of their salary has been slashed in the latest batch of salary payment received.

The teachers who revealed that they have been owed 18 months Salary Arrears accumulated from 2019 to 2021 lamented over the latest pay slash.

Some of the teachers who contacted candidreporters.com said they have received April and May salary but slashed between 70 to 80 percent and no official statement has been made for the reason of the slash.

Mr Okeke, one of the secondary Teachers said he has received two months of 2021 but it was slashed.

In his words: “We heard that from the outcome of their negotiation between the state government, heads of SEMB and National Union of Teachers (NUT), representatives, the 9months Arrears of 2019 has been left aside and affirmed that it can’t be paid.” Mr Okeke complained.

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“My own slashed salary came in yesterday and today. I have received April, May and June 2021 pay cut out of 18months owed. Is this not man’s inhumanity to man”? Mrs Uche lamented.

The current payments received by ailing parastatals was said to be an ongoing reform by the Abia State government.

The ongoing Payment reform was said to ensure consistency in monthly payments.

All payments was said to have commenced since Thursday 9th, December 2021:

1) N828M payment of salary arrears to Abia Health management board workers.

2) N983M payment of salary arrears to secondary school teachers (Secondary Education Management Board).

3) Twelve (12) months arrears to Abia state college of Education Technical, Arochukwu (ACETA).

4) Four (4) months subvention to Abia State Polytechnic Aba. (Abiapoly).

5) N520M to Abia pensioners.

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6) Two (2) months subvention to Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH).

7) Three (3 ) months subvention to Abia State University Uturu (ABSU)
Five (5) months subvention to college of Health Technology and additional N200M grant to facilitate the relocation to their permanent site.

The Abia State commissioner for information, and strategy, Hon Eze Chikamnayo in live program (State of the Nation)
on flo-fm 94.9fm on Monday, December 13, 2021 revealed that the Abia state government will be bailing out ailing Parastatals to function properly and revealed that secondary education management board will receive the sum of N983m as payment of salary.

Candidreporters.com reached the Abia State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon. Eze Chikamnayo via WhatsApp message for comment and he is yet to comment on the development as at the time of filing this report.

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