By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
As Kogi Teachers joined their counterparts all over the world to celebrate the 2020 World Teachers Days, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on the State government to take over the payment of their monthly salary.
The State Chairman of NUT, Kogi Chapter, Comrade, Thomas Aderemi made this appeal while speaking at 2020 World Teachers’ Day Celebration in Lokoja, the Kogi State Capital.
He said the way things are going, the local government may eventually kill primary education as a result of dwindling allocation from the Federal government.
Aderemi noted that Local government councils across the country are no longer getting fat allocations from Federation Account and hence it difficult to pay as at when due, pointing out that this has drastically affected the payment of Teachers’ salaries.
He lamented that Local government councils in Kogi State have more staff than the State government, adding that with lean resources it will be difficult for them to pay full salary.
“Permit me to further draw the attention of State government to the fact that primary School Teachers like their counterparts in the State civil service are entitled to 100%salary.
“It’s our hope that the Executive Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Bello will live up to his promise and eradicate this obnoxious practise that made primary School Teachers lesser human beings than other categories of workers in the State, he stated.
He, therefore, called on the State government to provide adequate instructional material, stressing that training and retraining for teachers in the State are very sacrosanct.