ABOUT seven years after a Makurdi High Court in Benue State ordered the state government to pay the emoluments and entitlements of the over 100 non-indigene teachers it sacked, some of them have started dying due to penury owing to refusal of the government to obey the court order.
The teachers, who are mostly women, lamented the refusal of the state government to obey a subsisting High Court order which they said was issued in 2008.
They spoke through Mesdames Chioma Okafor, Mba Felicia, Nwankwo Irene and Juliana Eze, regretting that the long delay in paying them after they were laid off between 2005 and 2006 has resulted to several negative consequences.
The teachers also decried the failure of their legal counsel to diligently seek available means to ensure that the 2008 judgment of the Makurdi High Court was implemented to the letter.
“When we were redeployed by the state government in 2005/2006, we approached the courts and at the end, the court directed the state government to pay us our entitlements.
“Moves were actually made to effect the decision of the court, but government complained that the sum involved as presented by our counsel was too much.
“We expected that an amicable resolution of the matter would be reached but till date we have been left in the cold, and we must confess that we are not happy with the way our counsel and the state have gone about this issue.
“In as much as we harbour no grudge against anyone, we demand that the 2008 judgement of the high court be respected by the state government in order to save us from further torture and death of our colleagues,” they pleaded.
In a ‘Save Our Souls’ message to the state governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, they are demanding the urgent payment of the emoluments and entitlements.

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