15 February 2013

Nigeria: NUT At Loggerheads With NLC Over LG Autonomy

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has cried foul over the purported betrayal of trust by the President of Nigerian Labour Congress, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar on his stand on the issue of local government autonomy in Nigeria.

NUT President, Comrade Michael Alogba Olukoya, revealed that while NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) are campaigning vehemently for the local governments in Nigeria to be granted autonomy in the ongoing constitutional review, NUT is strongly opposed to it.

Blasting Omar, who happened to be the immediate past NUT National President for advocating local government autonomy, he said "The advocacy would put Nigerian teachers in jeopardy."

He warned that the whole nation's primary education would collapse if local governments were granted autonomy because they lacked resources to sustain them effectively, adding that the fallout of local government autonomy would also include non-payment of salaries of primary school teachers nationwide as well as non-remittance of 7.5 per cent counterpart funding from local governments councils to the Pension Funds of the primary teachers nationwide.

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