The Imo state wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT, has called on the state government to declare a state of emergency on the pension and gratuity sector. The union made the call in a nine-point resolution made at the end of its 15th Quadrennial Conference of Delegates which held at the teachers described as inhuman the non-payment of pension and gratuity to retired teacher who used their youthful age to serve the state and nation and urged Governor Rochas Okorocha to have a change of heart and pay teachers their pensions and gratuities up to date.
The teacher also pleaded with the governor to stop further unwarranted percentage deductions from their monthly salaries and refund the delay. The resolution which was endorsed by the out-gone state chairman of the NUT, Comrade Napoleon Aniche, also advised the state government to recruit more teachers in the state to enhance the pupils teacher ratio and improve the standard of education in the state. The resolution which commended the free education programme of the Owelle Okorocha administration however stressed the need for government to provide urban and rural secondary and primary schools in the state with instructional materials to enable teachers perform optimally.
The 15th Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Imo State Wing of the NUT featured the election of a new executive of the union that will run its affairs for the next four years (2018-2022).
Reverend Philip Nwansi, the treasurer of the union in the out-gone executive committee led by Comrade Napoleon Aniche emerged as the new chairman in the election which returned all the nominated candidates as unopposed officials. Comrade Anthony Iwuoha emerged as the new state Deputy Chairman of the NUT, while Lolo Eunice Obiefule, Comrade O. Onwuachu and Comrade Francisca Chioma Ukaegbu emerged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd vice chairman respectively. Comrade Hipolite Awuzie was elected NUT Treasurer, Dr. John Okey Ukonu State Publicity Secretary, Comrade Odimma C., Social Secretary, State Auditor, Comrade Alexander Uduchu, NUT National Representative- Comrade Simon Anoruo. Others who were also elected unopposed are state Assistant Social Secretary, Comrade Patrice Amamchukwu, Comrade Emmanuel Uwaeme, 1st Unofficio member, Nze Ndubuisi Anochie-2nd unofficio member and Comrade Jude Anyanwu, 3rd unofficio member.
Comrade Susan Onwumere won the post of 2nd internal auditor while Comrade Nwafor C. O. emerged 1st Internal Auditor.
In his acceptance speech the new Imo State NUT chairman Reverend Philip Nwansi expressed appreciation for the role played by the conference committee delegates and the entire membership in his election and promised to take the union to greater heights.