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FG set to pay teachers new package

The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission has completed work on the reviewed remuneration package for teachers in basic and secondary schools including provisions for rural posting allowance, science teachers’ allowance and peculiar allowance.

Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu who stated this on the occasion of the 2022 World Teachers Day Celebration in Abuja said the payment of the new salaries was awaiting conclusion of consultations with state governments and the National Assembly.

Mallam Adamu explained that to mitigate the current dearth of qualified teachers in the school system, government has commenced the implementation of a teacher conversion programme with ICT training, starting with the Federal Civil Service.

He noted that a number of states have also implemented the scheme.

National President of the Nigerian Union of Teachers NUT Comrade Audu Amba affirmed the Basic and Secondary Education sub-sectors is faced with serious challenges such as non-implementation of the N30,000.00 Minimum Wage for teachers in some states, shortage of teachers, poor infrastructure, lack of instructional materials, insecurity in schools, inadequate funding and poor conditions of service in general.

He said the deplorable state of education and poor working conditions of teachers adversely affect education service delivery, especially in the public sector.

Lawmakers give standing ovation Nigerian teachers

The House of Representative has commended Nigerian teachers and teachers all over the world for their sacrifices.

This is sequel to a motion by a member from Plateau state, Mr Dachung Bagos on the Need for the House to recognise Teachers.

Mr Bagos observed that knowing that the day is very important in the life of teachers worldwide, it is important for the house to honour teachers in Nigeria and at the same time give them a standing ovation in recognition of their sacrifices to building the nation.

While supporting the motion, the Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elemelu, said, “rising from the fact that whatever we are today was as a result of our tutoring from school and giving that today is Teachers Day, it was important to celebrate teachers”.

The spokesman of the house Benjamin Kalu and other lawmakers remembered with nostalgia the teachers that molded their personalities, urging the federal government to improve the wellbeing of teachers in Nigeria.

Deputy Speaker in his submission, revealed what the house has done for Nigerian teachers, which includes amendment of the provision for the retirement age of teachers as well as the ongoing engagement to address the ASUU strike.

The Speaker while ruling on the matter called for a standing ovation and a round of applause for teachers and a minute of silence for teachers who have passed away.

The lawmakers in unison chanted “Thank you” to teachers.

Borno State government extends teachers retirement age

Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has approved the retirement age of 65 years and length of service to 40 years for teachers of basic and secondary schools in the state.

Governor Zulum who made this known at an event to mark the 2022 World Teachers Day in Maiduguri said a bill to that effect had been transmitted to the Borno State House of Assembly. 

The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Education Alhaji Lawan Wakilbe said additional bills have been sent to the Assembly for the domestication of some Federal government laws to enhance the welfare of teachers. 

According to him, the state government has commenced the payment of minimum wage to over 5,400 primary school teachers who passed the competence test, while an appeal committee is been set up to look into the concerns of teachers affected by the verification exercise. 

The Governor warned the teachers against absenteeism and involvement in partisan politics, explaining that only 10% of teachers attend classes. 

Borno State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers comrade Jibrin Mohammed urged the state government to pay the back log of annual increment, implementation of minimum wage to the 7,000 teachers, implementation of promotion to both primary and post primary teachers. 

Teachers’ day: Gov Abiodun gifts teachers houses, cash

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun in the spirit of World Teachers’ Day awarded outstanding tutors with a two-bedroom bungalow and cash.

The Governor stated this on Wednesday at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta, saying the move is to encourage hard work

He also expressed the desire to raise the standard of education through massive investment in critical infrastructure and the welfare of the workforce.

While seeking more support and understanding, he also offered employment to a widow of a school teacher who lost his life during the struggle for a better welfare package by the state chapter of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC).

The event also witnessed the presentation of a brand new bus to the union of teachers in the state.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo, Ibrahim Shehu, Dauda Iliya; Editing by Muzha Kucha