Kogi NUT Opposes LG Autonomy

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The Kogi State Wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) said while it is not against the autonomy being clamoured for by Local Governments in Nigerian, it appealed that funding of teachers’ salaries should be the responsibilities of State Governments.

Comrade Suleiman Abdullahi, State Chairman of the NUT, made the appeal when he led representatives of the State wing Executives of the NUT on a visit to the State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada.

Comrade Abdullahi, said following the sad experiences and hardship faced by primary school teachers across the country in 1995 when the payment of teachers salaries was under the responsibility of the Local Governments, maintained that the State NUT dissociates itself from any autonomy that would make its members go hungry.

Comrade Abdullahi, solicited the payment of unpaid leave grant, full implementation of the minimum wage and called for payment of other monthly outstanding salaries owed teachers.

The State NUT Chairman called for the quick implementation of the recommendations submitted by the Interim Management Committee on SUBEB, said it has the capacity to address all the agitations  of teachers. Comrade Abdullahi also appealed to the State Government to make adequate security arrangements to protect primary schools in the State, said the spate of attacks on schools calls for measures to safeguard the lives of pupils.

Comrade Abdullahi commended the Kogi State Government for its efforts aimed at improving the welfare of teachers in the State, assured of improved service delivery in primary schools across the State by teachers.

In his remarks, Capt. Idris Wada, Kogi State Governor, commended the understanding displayed by teachers in the State, following the restructuring that took place in the Board.

While he assured of government’s attention to teachers’ welfare, Capt. Wada, who was represented by his Deputy, Yomi Awoniyi, said the present administration has so much respect for the teaching profession, promised to do all it can to enhance the welfare of teachers.

The Governor promised a speedy implementation of the report of the Interim Management Committee of SUBEB, said all the recommendations as it has to do with teachers’ welfare, security, in primary schools, would be looked into.

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