I now do Banga business in village; I lost my teaching job to COVID – 19

Mrs. Schola Ugwuja has narrated how she lost her teaching job to the COVID-19 lockdown, forcing her to leave the city for a village where she now does Banga business, a local soup produced with palm fruits.

Ugwuja, who is from Alo Agu in Nsukaa Local Government Area of Enugu State, a community that shares a common boundary with Unadu and Enugu Ezike, told Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation (MAWA-Foundation) that she was a Primary School teacher at Shalom Academy located at Odenigbo area of Nsukka before she was sacked during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“I was a primary school teacher at Shalom Academy located in Odenigbo Nsukka before I was sacked during the COVID-19 lockdown because the school management was unable to generate revenue and pay teachers salaries”, Ugwuja said.

Ugwuja who is a mother of four children told MAWA Foundation that she was sacked by the school management because of its inability to raise funds and pay teachers salary which was caused as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.

She, however, added that she was not the only one sacked; pointing out that the school laid off some of its teachers which affected her.

The mother of four, who has since returned to her village, narrated how she had since after losing her job, approached

different schools to be hired, but was unsuccessful.

She attributed her inability to secure another teaching job to the COVID-19 economic crisis, which has made it impossible for private schools to generate revenues and pay salaries and other expenditures, let alone hiring new teachers.

Ugwuja has since appealed to the Enugu state government and well-meaning individuals to help her either by securing a job or giving her money to start a business so she can take care of her four kids which she says is a major cause of concern to her.

Ugwuja in her banga business
Ugwuja in her banga business

This is report is supported by the Open Society Initiatives for West Africa (OSIWA) 

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