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Close to 60 persons working, but not officially employed with the Zorzor Rural Teacher Training Institute (ZRTTI) in Lofa County are anticipating a major go-slow action shortly. The aggrieved ZRTTI workers, including technicians, security, and cooks threatened the action if nothing was done to have them officially employed.
Aphonso Suwo, head of the work force at the institution noted: “some of us started working since 2006 and 2008 at this Teachers Training Institute, but we are yet to be placed on government payroll”.

According to Suwo, they usually received compensation from the Liberia Teachers Training Program (LTTP), but are yet to receive such compensation for the past three months. Compensation, he said, was very little to sustain 59 families during such time of the country. The LTTP is currently managing the institute.

The workforce spoke man said during President Sireleaf’s last visit to Lofa County this year, their plight was presented and was assured of July, but have since not received any official communication from her.

Meanwhile, the water system at the ZRTTI is dysfunctional. Lab Technician Lavalah B. Zayzay also informed reporters that the campus clinic was without the required drugs.

Lavalah said since his arrival at the clinic, very insufficient quantity of drugs is received from the Malaria control program to treat malaria, diarrheal, Cholera, and others.

“We usually transfer patience to the Lutheran Curran Hospital in Zorzor; the clinic also lacks an ambulance which poses serious threat to emergency cases,” Suwo explained.

Officials of the Ministry of Education and LTTP, who declined to be recorded, said the workers’ claim of not being on payroll, but assured that efforts were being exerted to address the workers’ concern.

They also claimed that the LTTP was filling the gap for the government, but were yet to explain same to the workforce on the campus.

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