Thursday, 25 September 2014

Senior Civil Servants Shut Three Unity Schools in Rivers

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Senior civil servants in Rivers State yesterday embarked on an indefinite strike over unpaid benefits, shutting three Federal Government Colleges in the state.
The workers, under the aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), said the indefinite strike was in compliance with a directive given by the 

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 officers of the union to ensure compliance among 104 Unity Colleges.

The three Federal Government Colleges in Rivers State affected are located at Ahoada, Rumuokoro and  Abuloma.

Addressing journalists yesterday at the Federal Government College Rumuokoro, Port Harcourt, the ASCSN state Secretary,  Mr. Mohammad Bashman, said he was directed by the national body to lock the main entrance of each of the above mentioned federal colleges. 
The state secretary who said he had visited the three schools and observed compliance, added that the 104 federal government colleges including the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja, were expected to be locked down.
He stated that the union decided to embark on an indefinite strike to enable the government realise their importance “and the need for government to resolve their unpaid benefits and other requests by the union.”
Bashman lamented: “The problem is that some of our members were promoted from 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013 without benefits.  Since last month, for reasons best known to federal government some of our members have not received their salaries.
“We are saying enough is enough, they have been pleading with us with a lot of promises but we have come to realise that these people are not to be trusted. This time around we are matching them force to force.”
He explained: “Some of our members who were promoted since 2007 and 2009 are yet to get their benefit. We are also calling on the parents to reason with us by allowing their children stay at home for now. We are also parents.
“This money has been released, even the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved the money, we have our evidence. We called for a meeting last week Wednesday, they refused to come; the Ministry of Labour and the Head of Service have also pleaded but the truth is that they are not serious,” Bashman noted.

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