They say they have been pushed to the wall and they have run out of options. So, they had to push back.

That was the case of some angry security guards that deprived some pupils and teachers access into public schools in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, over unpaid salaries.

They say they are yet to receive salaries for the past 11 months and they have been coming to work.  

The News Agency of Nigeria quoted one of them who identified himself as Chijioke Amah.

“We want government to pay us. Every worker deserves to be paid. They have been unfair to us; they make it look as if our services here are not needed,” he said.

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Some teachers at Port Harcourt Centenary Model Primary School Rumuwoji, said it is not the first time they would be locked out by the security guards.

“We all stood outside here for more than 3 hours before the gate was opened, the guards have been lamenting non-salary payments for several months.

“Each time they lock us out, we will spend several hours outside, we end up losing some work hours. This is not good,’’ a teacher who does not want to be named said.

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Monday’s incident took the intervention of Rivers Commissioner for Education, Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, for the gates to be opened.

The commissioner pleaded with the obviously upset guards and promised to look into the matter.

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He said: “It is very unfortunate, we promise that this will not happen again, our interest is to see that nothing hinders the flow of academic activities”.

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