Ninety-six science lecturers at the Cross River State College of Health find themselves in dire straits, grappling with an unthinkable six-month stretch of unpaid wages. This unfortunate situation has cast a dark shadow over the lives of these educators who were brought on board to facilitate the transformation of the Colleges of Nursing and Midwifery Sciences into fully-fledged colleges.
These dedicated lecturers, who played a pivotal role in the colleges achieving the highest score in the South-South geopolitical zone during the recent National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) accreditation process, have penned an open letter to Governor Bassey Otu expressing their frustration and concern.
In their missive, they detail the immense personal sacrifices they've made in order to fulfill their roles, including resigning from previous positions, pausing businesses, and relocating to unfamiliar areas.
Urgent Call for Intervention
The lecturers have made a fervent plea to the Governor, urging him to intervene and ensure that their salaries are processed promptly and that their outstanding arrears are settled.
Their plight serves as a stark reminder of the financial challenges and struggles faced by the academic staff at the college.
In the face of adversity, these lecturers continue to persevere, their spirits undeterred by the financial hardships they face. Their story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, a beacon of hope in a world that can often seem overwhelming and unforgiving.