The Nigerian Union of Teachers has revealed State governments that are still owing primary and secondary school Teachers Salary Arrears.
Dr Mike Ike-Ene who is the Acting Secretary-General of the Nigerian Union of Teachers said this statement in Abuja. He stated that previously 19 states was owing Teachers Salary Arrears but currently is now 13 states.
The states he mentioned that are currently owing include Abia, Ogun, Benue, Bayelsa, Osun, Oyo, Imo, Kogi, Taraba, Zamfara, Plateau and among other.
The Acting Secretary-General also said that he expected this faulted states to have paid the Teachers Salary Arrears during the long vacation, but only Anambra state and Akwa-Ibom state government complied to pay their Teachers Salary Arrears.
Ike Ene also condemned the Benue State government saying that Benue state own is the worst and they owe their State Teachers heavily.
He also applauded the States that complied in paying their Teachers, and he noted that they have their Teachers welfare at heart. He also urged the other State government to do so by paying their Teachers Salary Arrears.
It may interest you to know that few weeks back at Ibadan, we re-appraised the way our teachers are being owed; about 19 states visibly owed our teachers various forms of money.
Ranging from salaries to gratuity for many months; some two months to one year and about 28 states are paying salaries in percentages.
We requested the government to use the window of the long vacation to pay these teachers.
But it might surprise you to know that states like Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Kano and Rivers collected N10 billion Paris Club fund each including others.
Yet some of the states could not use this money to offset the teachers’ outstanding salary arrears,
I just want to use this medium to thank all our teachers in primary and secondary schools throughout the period and further encourage them to do continue to do their best
He also acknowledged and encouraged the Teachers for their patience and urged them to keep up the good work and continue to do their best.
He finally appealed the state government who are still owing their Teachers Salary Arrears to pay their teachers as soon as possible, sating that if the Union efforts to settle everything peacefully did not yield good and positive results, the Union have no other choice but to embark on an Industrial action.
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