Ekpo Okemini, Umuahia
The Headmistress of Amaetiti Primary School, Asaga Ohafia, in Ohafia Local Government Area, Mrs. Maryleen Ezichi has been demoted to a classroom teacher for allegedly embarrassing the wife of Abia state governor, Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu.
Furthermore, Ezichi has been transferred to Ukwa East Local Government Area, about 140 kilometers from her former school, to serve, in the words of a political sycophant in the community, “as a deterrent for her impunity and lack of respect for constituted authority.”
Ezichi had, during an interactive session with Ikpeazu after the launch of her free meal program for primary school pupils in the state in her school, complained that teachers were being owed several months of salary arrears and allowances.
The headmistress had told the state first lady that they had been finding it difficult to meet their financial obligations like payment of house rents, school fees for their wards, medical bills, and fares to school.
Thisage gathered that two days after, the embattled Ezichi was whisked away to Umuahia from the school, where she was handed her posting letter and instructed to proceed to the new station immediately.
In defense of the headmistress, one of her colleagues, who spoke on grounds of anonymity, queried whether she was correct or wrong, maintaining that if the government felt embarrassed by her appeal it should do the needful.
“By the way of what importance is the meal program to the pupils in particular and the schools in general? What about other schools in the community? All we are saying is that the government should pay us our entitlements period,’ she argued.
Recall that in January, the state wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), had embarked on indefinite strike over their six months salary arrears, non-payment of leave allowances, and implementation of their promotions.
Reacting to the development, the Chairman of the wing, Comrade Chizobam Akparanta told Thisage that he was not aware of the report, adding that if the teacher complains about it to the union, the wing will look into it.
Similarly, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the state Ministry of Education, Chris Ogbuehi denied any knowledge of the report, saying he was not in a position to speak on such sensitive matter without the permission of his boss.