Teachers down tools over unpaid salaries

School teachers that are been owed salaries in 10 states of the country have been ordered by the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) not to resume work until all arrears were paid.

According to the General-Secretary of the union, Dr Mike Ike-Ene, who spoke on the directive in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

Ike-Ene said that 10 out of 36 states still owed teachers several months salaries in spite of the Paris Club Refund given to them by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He listed the states to include; Abia, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Ekiti, Kogi, Ondo, Kwara and Taraba, describing them as chronic debtors as far as teachers’ salaries were concerned.

According to him, Abia owes primary school teachers four months and secondary school teachers one month, Adamawa; two months to primary school teachers and one month to secondary.

“Others are Bayelsa; seven and half months to primary school teachers and four and half months to secondary, Benue owes 12 months to primary school teachers and seven months to secondary.

“Ekiti owes eight months to primary school teachers and five months to secondary, Kogi; three months to primary school teachers and three months to secondary.

“Taraba; six months to primary school teachers, Delta; four months to primary school and one month to secondary. Kwara and Ondo owe teachers three and four months’ salary arrears of 2016 respectively,’’ he explained.

Source : (NAN)


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