Abakaliki — Over 200 members of the Nigeria Union of teachers (NUT), Ebonyi state branch yesterday in Abakaliki staged a solidarity rally in support of the campaign for local government autonomy.
The teachers who made their feelings known at the state House of Assembly, stood on the condition that management and funding of primary education should be with state and not with local government.
On second stand, the union suggested that primary school teachers should be paid through first line charge from the federation account.
Comrade Ozo Simon, the state chairman of NUT presented the views of the union to the speaker Rt. Hon. Francis Nwafuru, giving the instance of 1990 to 1994 when primary education was fully controlled by the local government and was bedeviled by poor funding which led to industrial dispute.
The speaker Nwafuru who represented by Victor Nwite assured them of the Assembly's commitment to deliberate over the autonomy.
"As lawmakers we will do our very best. Local government autonomy is your right and on behalf of Mr. Speaker I love your disposition," he said.