There seems to be a grand conspiracy to marginalize teachers in public secondary schools in the state, according to information from reliable sources.
It was gathered that there is a problem in the Imo state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) arising from leadership tussle between primary and secondary school teachers in the state.
According to our source, in 2018 there was a joint agreement which prevented the NUT from conducting election for the position of state chairman. The agreement stipulated that the current chairman, who emerged from among the primary school teachers, Rev Philip Nwansi should serve for four years and hand over to a secondary school teacher, Rev Jamike Eke to also serve for four years making it a total of eight years.
“But the 4 year-tenure of the current chairman, Rev Philip Nwansi will end in March this year, but there are indications that he is not willing to hand over to Rev Jamike Eke as stipulated in the 2018 agreement. This is about fuelling crises in the union between primary school teachers and their secondary school counterparts who are feeling short changed.
“We wonder why two Reverend Ministers who are supposed to preach justice and fairness are finding it difficult to obey a simple agreement which they are part of. Effort should be made to resolve the issue before it further escalates.”