Sch reopening: Tension grief Adamawa teachers as govt served them ejection notice to vacate residential quarters

Teachers of secondary schools in Adamawa are bitterly lamenting and confusion over what they said unfair treatment by the state Government who served them ejection notice to vacate the residence quarters they are occupying in all the schools.

One of the affected teacher who spoke on condition of anonymity said the decision of the government to eject them at this material time of schools reopening after months of closed down because of covid-19 pandemic is very much unfair.

According to him, he is still in active service and can not understand the rationale behind the “callous” decision of the government that claimed to come with a “fresh air” agenda of sigh of relief.

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He revealed that the government through the Ministry of Justice distributed a seven days notice letter of owners intention to recovery possession with effect from 8th October 2020.

He said the decision of the government has put them in serious tension with questions without answers of why this is coming on them as civil servants, still serving the state.

“Past government have not treated us this way I’m wondering why this government should treat us this way.” He said

The ejection letter dated 28th September 2020 signed by the senior state counsels, Barr I S Barde, Barr M A Umar and made available to Daily Times stressed that the tenants (teachers) should take notice that at the expiration of the stated period if fail to give up the vacant possession of the house, the Adamawa state government being the Landlord will proceed to court to apply for an ejection order.

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When contacted the state commissioner of Education, Mrs Wilbernar Jackson on a phone chat told our correspondent that the Teachers are illegal occupants as they have since been retired.

She lamented that their overstaying in the government quarters is denying many Teachers still in active service as the rightful owners of the place to stay.

“They are illegal occupants, they are retired civil servants and they don’t have any business staying, all I know the government want them to leave those quarters for the legal occupants to occupy,” Jackson said

Daily Times reliably gathered that there are over thirty-five teachers working in General Murtala College Yola and Government Girls College Yola were served with the quit notice by the committee for retrieval of exempted House/Quarters occupied on the guise of owners occupiers.

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The Chairman, State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, however, said that the teachers on gentleman agreement are occupying the quarters, but the government wouldn’t have gone far on going to court on an issue that can still be sorted out.

He said is appealing with the government to reconsider their stand on the issue.

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