Nyesom Wike, the RIVERS State Governor, has said that the forthcoming employment of teachers will be based on merit as applicants were expected to write the examination.
Wike also called on the leadership of labour union in the state to always place the interest of the state above other considerations in their engagements with the government.
The governor spoke on Wednesday before officially opening the secretariat of the Rivers Nigeria Labour Congress in Port Harcourt.
He said, “We need teachers. But the employment of teachers will be based on examination. It will be based on merit.
“The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and the Chairman of Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board have been directed to determine how many teachers are needed before a consultant is engaged to conduct the examination.
“For me, Rivers first before any other thing. Before you go on strike or declare any dispute with the Rivers State Government, look through and check what the implications would be for Rivers State.”
The governor warned that the principals involved in the collection of monies from students would be sanctioned.
He said the state government would not tolerate the disobedience of the directive on the abolition of all forms of fees in state-owned schools by any principal or school administrator.
Commenting on the Labour secretariat, Wike said that his administration would continue to partner with labour for the development of the state.
He said that the state government resolved to create an enabling environment for labour leaders to work towards improving labour/government relations.
Earlier, Chairman of NLC, Rivers State, Beatrice Itubo, commended the Rivers State Governor for building the secretariat despite recent economic challenges.