Nigeria Union of Teachers Tells Lalong To Pay Outstanding Teachers Salaries With Recovered 2.7 billion Naira
An appeal has been made to the Plateau State governor, Barr. Simon Lalong, to urgently convert the recovered of 2.7 billion Naira into the payment of outstanding four months’ salaries of primary school teachers for the months of June to September 2012.
Addressing newsmen in Jos, the Plateau state capital Wednesday, the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Gunshin Yarlings, also lamented the refusal of the state government to appoint primary school teachers as education secretaries, regretting that nominations of education secretaries were rather made from the secondary school sector, ministry and tertiary institutions.
“NUT wishes to state that the age-long relegation of primary school teachers to second-class level will no longer be condoned; for example, no primary school teacher has ever been appointed as a principal.”
Comrade Gunshin stated that the union frowns at the non-adherence to the law on first line charge in the payment of primary school teachers’ salaries by the ministry for local government and chieftaincy affairs and the management committee chairmen of councils by reducing the allocation of funds for payment of salaries of teachers, which is usually in shortfall.
He further stressed that, “The position of the union is that there will be peaceful protest by the teachers in the local government councils where primary school teachers are not appointed as education secretaries. In the event that the situation remains same, the union would be left with no option than embark on strike.”