Kogi State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on the state government to pay their September and October salaries.
The state NUT chairman, Comrade Suleman Abdullahi, made the call in Lokoja, in reaction to insinuations that they have been paid all their entitlements.
While commending the state governor, Idris Wada, for pledging to commit the sum of N5.4 billion to the development of primary education in the state, the chairman said any effort to develop primary education without consideration for the welfare of teachers would be in vain.
He said: “It is sad that primary school teachers are the most marginalised in the state. Since 2011, primary school teachers have been denied minimum wage, just as promotions have not been backed by cash. We are being owed four years leave, annual increment among others.”
He said that the current trend of paying teachers’ salaries in arrears would not motivate them to work harder, adding: “Government should take steps to implement the recommendations of SUBEB interim management committee to bring sanity back to the system.
We hope that the recommendations will lead to speedy resolution of the age long minimum wage, promotion, leave grant crises and other related issues.”
He said though the striking teachers have returned to the classroom, the union has directed them not teach until their salaries are paid.