6 February 2013

Nigeria: NUT to Decide On Payment of TSS By 18 States

Lagos — The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has said that it would on Saturday take definite position over the alleged refusal of 18 state governments to implement the Teachers Salary Structure, TSS, by the end of January.

Out of the 18 states that failed to pay, 11 are in the north, three in the southeast and two each in both the southwest and south-south.

They include Adamawa, Benue, Kogi, Lagos, Ekiti, Abia, Enugu and Cross River.

Other states also include Kebbi, Taraba, Plateau, Delta, Katsina, Nassarawa, Zamfara, Ebonyi, Gombe, and Bauchi.

The NUT President, Mr. Michael Alogba-Olukoya, who made this known in a telephone interview in Lagos said the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the union would meet over the issue.

The union had in December last year, warned states that were yet to implement the 27.5 per cent increase in allowances under the TSS, to do so before the end of January.

The warning was against the backdrop of an August 2009 agreement with the Nigerian Governors' Forum, NGF, on the implementation of the new salary structure.

"We waited until January 31 to see if the implementation would reflect in their salaries but as we speak, from the collation we have done so far, 10 of the 18 states have paid salaries without implementing it.

"We are waiting for the remaining eight to pay their own salaries too and by the time we are through with our collation, we shall convene an emergency NEC meeting on the way forward.

"I want to seize this opportunity to inform defaulting states that the struggle for the implementation of the TSS is still on and we will not relent until justice is attained," he said.

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