Vanguard (Lagos)

5 December 2012

Nigeria: NUT Appeals to State Govts Over Teachers' Salaries

Abuja — National Union of Teachers, NUT, Tuesday, appealed to state governments to capture 27.5 percent teachers' enhance salary in their 2013 budgets.

NUT National President, Mr. Michael Olukoya, made the appeal at a media briefing in Abuja, saying the enhanced salary structure was long overdue.

He said: "There is the need for state governments to make amends, which will capture the interests of teachers so that we are not blamed again."

He said the non-implementation of the 27.5 percent had killed the moral of many teachers charged with the responsibility of transferring proper education to students.

Olukoya said: "What is the joy of a country if it cannot protect and promote the future of its next leaders and generation?" queried.

He reiterated that the 27.5 percent was expected to be incorporated into the budget by state governments, warning that teachers had been patient enough.

"This is the time for state governments to perform their own part of the bargain," the NUT President said.

On the Joint Action Committee, JAC, Olukoya said the committee had performed well in the area of salary payment.

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