“Unhappy Classroom Teacher” sends SOS to Governor Ayade
Mike Udam, a secondary school tutor who describes himself as an “unhappy classroom teacher”, has sent a public SOS message to Senator Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State, on the “inhuman treatment of public secondary school teachers in Cross River State”. The message was posted on Mike Udam‘s Facebook timeline and shared with LinCornellah‘s blog, via Whatsapp.
Please read the message:
Dear Senator Ben Ayade,
TEACHERS ARE SHORT CHANGED
I am provoked by your silence over the inhuman treatment of public secondary school teachers in the state.
It will be recalled that in 2016 you graciously approved the promotion of over 5000 teachers in the public work force.
Maybe you are not aware that we paid 2000 each to be interviewed.
Maybe you are not aware that we paid 2000 for our promotion letters to be printed and sent to us.
Maybe you are also not aware that only 20% of those promoted have been paid what is their new entitlements and 80% still receiving their salary on the old scale for 7 months now.
Maybe you are not aware that implementation of promotion is now a big business.
It is sad that you are still very quiet and things are going wrong on daily basis.
As I write today, morale is very low and it is not unconnected to what I have stated above. As if that is not enough, you approved the cutting of 3000 from our salaries for teachers registration council of Nigeria at such an insensitive time that we are groaning.
We are not even sure there shall be arrears.
The whole world knows that I am one of your supporters who speak for you always. But today, your silence on these matters is making me sick.
The time to act is now. I will request that you order that all teachers promoted should have their promotion implemented. The power is in your hand and on your table.
Unhappy Classroom Teacher
Mr Udam is renowned for consistently using the social media to advocate for quality and accessible education. In September 2017, he posted an online address of welcome to Governor Ben Ayade during the North Fest 2017 celebration held in Ogoja, Cross River State. On that occasion, he described himself as a “newly promoted classroom teacher” and enjoined the Governor to use his office to influence the establishment of a Federal University in Ogoja Local Government Area. He had also published an open letter to Nigeria’s Senate President on the same matter.
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