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… directs teachers to resume in affected states
Following the mounting arrears of salaries owed teachers nationwide, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has listed 10 ‘chronic’ states debtors urging teachers not to resume work until their salaries were paid.
The General-Secretary of the union, Mike Ike-Ene, restated its position to Mediamen on Monday in Abuja that the teachers in 10 states that are still owing salary arrears should not resume work until all arrears were paid.
According to Ike-Ene, 10 out of 36 states still owed teachers several months of salary arrears in spite of the Paris Club Refund given to states by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The states according to the NUT scribe includes: Abia, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Ekiti, Kogi, Ondo, Kwara and Taraba, describing them as chronic debtors as far as teachers’ salaries are concerned.
He said that Abia owes primary school teachers four months and secondary school teachers one month, Adamawa; two months to primary school teachers and one month to secondary.
“Others are Bayelsa; seven and half months to primary school teachers and four and half months to secondary, Benue owes 12 months to primary school teachers and seven months to secondary.
“Ekiti owes eight months to primary school teachers and five months to secondary, Kogi; three months to primary school teachers and three months to secondary.
“Taraba; six months to primary school teachers, Delta; four months to primary school and one month to secondary. Kwara and Ondo owe teachers three and four months’ salary arrears of 2016 respectively,’’ he explained.
Ike-Ene said that the union has directed its members in the affected states, especially the primary school teachers not to resume work until all the arrears were cleared.
Inaddition, he said that Union had in 2017, pleaded with the governors to use the period of the Christmas holiday to clear all the arrears, but yet some still failed to do so.
You may recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had in 2017, appealed to state governors to use the Paris Club Refund as handed to them and liquidate any form of arrears they owe workers.