Angry Pupils, Teachers Shutdown Jalingo
The capital of Taraba state, Jalingo came to a halt as commercial activities were suspended when angry teachers and aggrieved primary school pupils staged a protest against the non payment of salaries of the teachers.
Major streets were blocked for hours as pupils displayed placards with various inscriptions, gave the government 24 hours to pay their teachers or they would shut the government house.
Roads that were shut down include Hamarua road, the main road that leads into the town and Donga Road Round About.
The protest was led by one Bello Mustapha who stated that the pupils were demanding that their teachers get paid immediately as he lamented that the teachers have not been paid in ten months.
Meanwhile the Taraba state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT condemned the protest saying that the government should be given time to sort out the irregularities that arose from the biometric registration of teachers.
Garuba Yusuf, the Deputy Chairman, NUT Taraba State, Chapter then called on the government to hasten up and clear the arrears of the teachers.
The commissioner for education of the state while reacting to the protest claimed it was sponsored by the opposition party.