Gunmen Attack Taraba NUT Chairman

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Gunmen have shot the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Taraba State, Peter Julius.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP David Misal, confirmed to Channels Television on Monday that the chairman was shot in Lau Local Government Area of the state.

According to the Misal, he is, however, said to be receiving treatment at the state’s specialist hospital in Jalingo, the capital and is recuperating fast.

The police spokesperson also stated that officers have been mobilized to the area to retrieve his vehicle and prevent any further breakdown of law and order.

Students Call On NUT To Suspend Ongoing Strike In Cross River

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Public primary and secondary school students in Cross River State, are appealing to the State Government and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) to resolve their differences and call off the ongoing strike embarked upon, for them to return back to school.

Speaking to Channels Television, the students are worried that, the strike action has hindered them from participating in the ongoing National Examinations being carried out across the country.

But the NUT is accusing the State Government of being insensitive to the concerns of teachers and their welfare, the State government insists, the strike is uncalled for, following government concerns to issues bothering on their welfare but promises to meet with the Union within the week to resolve their differences.

For over one week now and counting, public schools across the state have remained under lock and key, following directives by the Nigeria Union of Teachers that all public school teachers stay off academic activities until they get a contrary directive by the Union.

The reason behind the directive according to NUT is that the state government has not been able to match words with actions on the agreement it reached with the union all geared towards improving the welfare of Teachers and the body as a whole.

According to the NUT Chairman, Comrade Eyo Itam, part of what the Union demanded of government was the implementation of a 13 point agenda it entered since 2016 which is yet to see the light of the day.

He said the union has frowned at non-payment of arrears to primary school teachers who were dropped from payroll since 2016, the release of promotion letters to primary teachers among others.

The state government is concernment with the timing of the strike following the ongoing National Examinations and promised to meet with the aggrieved body to resolve pending issues so that, students can go back to school and write their examinations.

Speaking on the issue, the Commissioner for Education, Godwin Etta has appealed to both parties to meet and find permanent ways of resolving lingering issues so that, they can resume full academic activities again.

Kaduna NUT Commends Govt Over Education Reforms

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The Kaduna State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has commended the state government for what they describe as its giant strides towards revamping the education sector and making learning more conducive in the state.

In a letter signed by its Assistant Secretary General, Adamu Ango on Friday, the NUT praised Governor Nasir El Rufai for the distribution of instructional materials to all primary and secondary schools in Kaduna state, ranging from textbooks, whiteboards, teachers manual, chalk and other library materials.

In addition, the union commended the government for providing motorcycles for monitoring and supervision of schools in all 23 local governments in the state.

According to the NUT, El Rufai also deserves praises for the construction and renovation of public primary and secondary schools throughout the state, as well as the provision of continuous teachers’ education programmes, training and workshops for its members.

The state NUT had held several protests last year and also embarked on an industrial action over series of reforms that the government was embarking upon in the education sector.

One of the major moves by the government was the sack of over 21,000 teachers who failed a competency test in June 2017.

While the teachers and the members of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), had protested against the move, the governor insisted then that no amount of protests will make the government change its position.

According to him, education is one of the foundational components of building a modern society so quality education for every child in the state was not an issue to be compromised.

He said: “This is a problem that we confronted within months of coming into office and we took extraordinary measures to steady the situation.

“We knew there would be a resistance but for us, education is one of the foundational components of building a modern society and we are not going to compromise on the quality of education and the quality of education relies on the quality of the teacher more than any other tool or infrastructure.”

Killings: NUT Asks FG To Punish Perpetrators

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The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Adamawa State branch has called on the Federal Government to immediately bring to justice the perpetrators of the recent killings in Adamawa State.

The NUT Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, made this known during the 2018 Adamawa State Teachers Solemn Assembly held at the Teachers House in Yola the state capital.

The clashes between farmers and herdsmen in Adamawa state also took its toll on the teaching profession where teachers living within the affected communities were caught up in the crisis thereby losing their lives

This is why members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers NUT are coming together to pray for the peace of the nation and teachers in general.

 

 

The Commissioner of Education in Adamawa State Julius Kadala, who is representing Gov. Mohammed Jibrilla of Adamawa state, says the state government is doing everything possible to address the plight of the teachers.

The Commissioner commended the spiritual leaders for their prayers for the teachers which will go along way in transforming the lives of teachers and the profession of teaching in the state.

He also assured teachers that the state government will ensure that all their salaries and allowances are paid as at when due.

Police, Kaduna Govt Threaten To Arrest NUT Members Over Planned Protest

The Kaduna State Police Command and the state government have warned members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) against embarking on any illegal procession or protest around the state or engaging in any act that violates the law or threatens the peace of the state.

The warning came against the backdrop of a planned protest scheduled for Thursday by the NUT and Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), following the sack of over 21,000 teachers who failed a competency test in June last year.

The State Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh who addressed journalists in his office on Wednesday, warned against further unlawful assembly, lawlessness, incitement, and acts capable of breaching the peace across the state.

He also added that any breach of peace by the striking teachers would be dealt with decisively.

On its part, the state government, while warning the teachers on the consequence of embarking on any unlawful procession or assembly under the law, insisted that no amount of sentiment or blackmail by the Union will result in subjugating the future of two million school children to the caprices of unqualified teachers.

The spokesman for the state government, Samuel Aruwan, equally told reporters that government had already secured a court warrant to arrest any union officials or individuals that violate the penal code of the state government which include unlawful procession and assembly.

He explained that government has proposed a package to help ease the post-service transition of disengaged public servants, adding that there was no way to even contemplate retaining teachers who have shown incompetence in discharging their responsibilities.

“The Kaduna State Government is encouraged by the overwhelming support of parents for its Education reforms. Ordinary people clearly understand that the government is making public primary schools better for the sake of citizens and their children. They have seen failed teachers and the NUT disrupt schools as they try to force others to join the strike, and they know that it is the government that is standing for their interests.

“No amount of sentiments will result in subjugating the future of these two million children to the caprices of poor teachers. Not strikes. Not blackmail. Not craven indulgence in tired clichés. The urgency of serving our people does not permit us to retain unqualified or redundant workers just because they were able to sneak in. Perhaps the labour unions are unable to identify or grapple with the great issues of the day if they are not prompted by external actors, but not every social actor shares that affliction.

“There is no way to even contemplate retaining teachers who have failed badly, and who are actually in need of adult education classes in Literacy and Numeracy.”

Furthermore, Aruwan noted that the same NLC and NUT officials who formed part of the committee that supervised the competency test, are among those planning the protest, a development that he described as an attempt to “save face”.

“It is instructive that NLC and NUT officials were part of the committee that organised and supervised the competency test. They requested that 60% be accepted as a pass mark for teachers writing a Primary Four exam, but are reluctant to admit to their members that they endorsed the logic that unqualified teachers must go. To save face, they have shamelessly tried to repudiate their participation in the process.

“The government has proposed a package to help ease the post-service transition of disengaged public servants. But nobody should foster the delusion that this government will be browbeaten into surrendering the interests of the majority for a vocal and selfish minority.

“The last time the NLC and NUT organised what they called a peaceful rally, they attacked the Kaduna State House of Assembly and destroyed public property in addition to engaging in an unlawful assembly and other violations of the Penal Code of Kaduna State. The Attorney-General of Kaduna State has filed criminal complaints and has obtained bench warrants for the arrest of those involved in the fomenting the chaos of Wednesday, 8th November 2017.

“Government is committed to protecting the lives, property and livelihoods of the citizens of Kaduna State, and will take firm and decisive actions against any persons or group that seek to undermine this. The security agencies have already made it clear that no body or group will be allowed to repeat those messy incidents or threaten law and order in Kaduna State in the guise of a march.

“Trade unions cannot hold our state to ransom, by shamelessly insisting on the retention of bad teachers, or baselessly claiming that a state must spend all its resources on 1% of the population,” Aruwan stated.

LG Autonomy: Teachers Protest In Delta State

LG Autonomy: Teachers Protest In Delta State

Members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Delta State have held a peaceful rally to declare their stand on the issue of the local government autonomy.

The teachers, during a protest on Tuesday, demanded that funding of primary education must remain the responsibility of the federal or state government through first line charge.

They, however, rejected a bill aimed at transferring the payment of primary school teachers’ salaries to local councils along the quest for local government autonomy and in anticipation that the bill might soon be forwarded to the Delta State House of Assembly

The teachers started the peaceful demonstration at the Teachers’ House in Asaba and marched through the streets of the capital city, chanting various songs of solidarity.

The march ended at the State House of Assembly where the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori, and other lawmakers received them.

Speaking on behalf of the teachers, NUT Chairman in the state, Titus Okotie, explained the purpose of the rally and what it seeks to achieve to the lawmakers.

He said: “Let me state here without equivocation that the NUT is opposed to the issue of autonomy for local government councils without separating primary school teachers’ salaries. This is the only way to save the basic and primary education from imminent collapse.”

Other members of the union also decried the non-payment of their salaries which they said ranged from three to five months.

Primary school teachers are being owed salaries in most states supposedly due to the inability of the councils to provide the funds needed for payment of the salaries.

According to them, this has created a situation of discouragement and hopelessness which portends danger for public primary education and the future of the mass under-privileged children in Nigeria.

The NUT said it has a duty to protect the interest and welfare of its members, as well as to contribute its quota to the growth and advancement of education in the country.

Honourable Oborevwori, in his response, said the state government has done well in ensuring that salaries of teachers in the state were paid promptly and that the bill has not been transmitted to the House.

“We will look into the petitions you have brought to the House. We are still expecting the transmitted copy of the bill from the National Assembly.

“We are aware that few states have received theirs but we here at the Delta State House of Assembly have not received the copy yet,” he said.

Borno NUT Rejects Local Government Autonomy

Ekiti NUT Election Turns Bloody, Three wounded, Two DetainedThe Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Borno chapter has rejected the planned Local Government Autonomy which includes payment of salaries of primary school teachers.

The NUT Chairman in the state, Mr Bulama Abiso conveyed the position of the teachers after a peaceful protest walk to the Borno state government house.

Mr Abiso argued that the 1999 constitution is clear about payment of salaries of primary school teachers adding that the proposed plan is not acceptable.

He said teachers in Borno state are more like pensioners as no promotion of increase in salaries has taken place for nearly five years.

The protesting unionists were received by Governor Kashim Shettima at his office.

He assured them of the government’s empathy towards teachers while calling for their support to fish out ghost workers in their midst.

Gov. Shettima said the last biometric exercise conducted on civil servants paid off as the government is now able to save nearly N150M monthly following the discovery of ghost workers.

Consultant Not Deducting LG Allocation, Kwara Govt. Tells Workers Union

nairaThe Kwara State government has denied claims by local council workers in the state that a consultant was handling their salary payment.

The Personnel Database Development Committee denied the allegation on Friday, a day after the state branch of the National Union of Local Government Workers (NULGE) that the consultant who handled the personnel verification exercise receives 30 per cent of local governments’ monthly allocation.

NULGE had alleged that the state government had appointed consultants to prepare and pay their salaries, claiming that the alleged drawing of 30 per cent out of the already low and inadequate allocations to the local governments would worsen the hardships in the councils.

After the union made the claims, the committee, in a statement by its alternate Chairman, Mr Sola Gold, described NULGEe’s claim as false and misleading, claiming that the consultant engaged for the exercise has no access to LG allocations nor makes unauthorised deductions from workers’ pay.

He said it is was impossible to deduct any money from local government’s already meager allocation, stressing that the state government was rather augmenting their revenue for salary payment.

Mr Gold, who is also Secretary to the State Government, said the only charges on workers’ pay is a monthly bank charge which was agreed with representatives of labour including NULGE, NUT, JNC, TUC and NLC whose officials were members of the committee.

The State government also debunked NULGE’s assertion that the payment of salaries had been contracted to a consultant.

Rather, it clarified that the consultant was only supervising the use of the new personnel database until all claims are verified and a final personnel figure is obtained six months from November 2016 when the report was submitted.

While acknowledging the inconvenience suffered by those whose claims are currently being verified, Mr Gold said all personnel were given eight months to come forward for verification before the exercise ended.

He, however, assured workers that all genuine ones would be verified and paid while urging NULGE to always utilise the channels of communication between it and the government to clarify issues instead of feeding the public with falsehood.

Obaseki Advocates Review Of Edo State Schools’ Curriculum

Obaseki Advocates Review Of Edo State Schools' Curriculum The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Tuesday in Benin City, advocated a quick review of the curriculum of schools as a ‘sine qua non’ to having solid educational foundation for “our children in the state”.

Governor Obaseki said this while receiving in audience, the leadership of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), led by its Acting Chairman, Mr Iyalomhe Akhagbemhe.

The governor used the occasion to assure the leadership of the NUT that the state government was working with State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to fill the 3,000 N-Power vacancies allocated to the state.

He said that government would not only fill the vacancy but would train the teachers and provide them with instructional materials.

He also advised the NUT leadership to think of reviewing the school’s curriculum in the state so that those who pass out from schools would not only be employable but could also become entrepreneurs.

Governor Obaseki equally reiterated his electioneering promise to create 200,000 jobs and noted that teachers also had fundamental roles to play in achieving the feat.

He said the process must begin with the solid foundation for the pupils and students, stressing that it was high time stakeholders began to rethink the purpose of education and the type to be given out.

“But for us, we must begin to think about our curriculum, so that the people we produce from the school system are people who can sustain themselves in life. -So that after JSS, you should be able to do something with your life.

“So it’s time to rethink the purpose of education and the type of education to be given out.

“We are currently working with SUBEB to fill the 3,000 N-Power vacancy given to the state.

Governor Obaseki disclosed that most of the subsidy to the state would be channeled towards vocational and technical education, saying “there is the need to work and ensure that by 2020 our children have skills.

“To do this, we have to train and retrain, hence our focus on technical education.

“We need to have center of excellence to strengthen our teaching call”, he added.

Obaseki, who emphasized that schools supervision was also part of the training, gave the assurance that government would re-jig the school’s management system for the better.

The Governor further stated that the teachers, mostly regarded as those who produce the best brains and the best minds, was the reason his predecessor pursued the policy that saw the upgrade of teachers to the level of permanent secretary.

Earlier, Akhagbemhe advised the governor to ensure he appointed square pegs in square holes to drive his desired developmental stride for the state.

He appealed to the governor for the support of teachers, adding that some of the challenges in the educational sector included the non-payment of leave transport grant for 2016.

Akhagbemhe listed the non-release of promotion since 2012, dearth of teachers as well as non-availability of instructional materials as challenges encountered in most schools.

Ogun Govt. Dismisses NLC Chairman, 15 Others

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Ogun State government has approved the dismissal of the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Akeem Ambali, his vice and the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Dare Ilekoya, and 14 others.

The dismissal was contained in a report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the alleged misconduct of executive members of the NUT on the 2016 World Teachers Day celebration in Abeokuta.

Similarly, 16 officials of the union were also suspended for their roles in the conduct of the celebration.

The recommendations of the panel signed by the Head of Service, Mr Sola Adeyemi, was approved by the state government for immediate implementation.

A source also said the government had set up an administrative panel of inquiry to look into complaints received from concerned members of the public against the affected officers for their alleged involvement in various acts of misconduct and contravention of extant regulations during the celebration.

The NLC chairman, who was until his dismissal a Deputy Director, Community and Social Development in Sagamu Local Government, was alleged to have been the brain behind the political campaign rally during the celebration.

He was said to have made inflammable and scandalous remarks against the state government, which could have triggered a breach of peace in the state.

The workers were dismissed from service having been found guilty of contravening the Public Service Rules 04401, 04421 (c&d) and 04406 (a).

Those dismissed were A.O Oshin, Nola Balogun, Eniola Atiku, Solaru.O, Adebanjo.T, Akinola.A.S, Oyolola .S.A, Obafemi. O.B, Ogunsola Peter, Akinlade.S.A, Christopher.T.A,Ogunrombi A.A, Azeez.K.I and Taiwo A.O.

Those suspended include Odusanya S.A, Comrade Akapo, Adegbesan J.O, Adelami S.I, Obadara O, Ogunnuga O.A, Ayokambi T.A, Tijani A.A, Adegbesan J.O, Idowu A.O, Olaifa O.A, Bayo Lasore, Ahmodu S.A, Oludotun Oliyide, Tijani Y.A, Awode I.A, Dada O.A and Adesanya Abiola.

The state government subsequently directed appropriate agencies of the state including the Ogun State Local Government Service Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) to implement the recommendations with immediate effect.

NUT Warns Against Unpaid Teachers’ Salaries

NUT, Teachers' SalariesThe national leadership of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has warned against the non-payment of salaries and other entitlements of teachers in most Nigerian states.

The NUT President, Micheal Olukoya, gave the warning on Tuesday during an emergency National Executive Council meeting of the union in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

He stated that such situation, if not properly addressed, could lead to an industrial dispute.

Mr Olukoya described the situation where teachers in some states were not being paid their salaries as totally unacceptable.

He appealed to the government at level to take the welfare of teachers in the country more seriously and ensure that their welfare was given proper attention in the interest of education development in Nigeria.

The NUT President equally expressed displeasure with the autonomy granted to the local governments in the management of primary school teachers’ salaries, rather than allowing the Universal Basic Education Board in each state to perform such function as enshrined in the law.

He urged the Federal Government to recruit only qualified teachers it promised to employ in 2016, noting that anything short of the right requirement for those employed might jeopardise the future of young Nigerians.

Olukoya further voiced his support for the ongoing strike by teachers in Bayelsa State as he pleaded with the state government to settle the six months unpaid teachers’ salaries.

The NUT members, on their part, emphasised that that the role of teachers to national development was one that could not be toyed with by any government.

They asked the Federal and state governments to urgently address all outstanding issues that could lead to any industrial action.

Bayelsa Teachers Issue 21-Day Ultimatum To State Govt.

NUT, Bayelsa State, 21-Day UltimatumThe Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Bayelsa state government to fully pay the four months’ half salary of all teachers or the teachers in the state would stop working.

This, they said, would affect their expected participation in the conduct of the National Common Entrance and other examinations.

The state wing executive council of the NUT Bayelsa state chapter issued a 9-point communique titled “Not Until We Perish” highlighting their resolution after an emergency meeting to discuss the lingering non-payment of six months’ salaries to primary and secondary school teachers.

The state chairman of the NUT, Kalama Tonpre, while reading the communique, said that the union was committed to enhancing public school system but demands improved working conditions.

He highlighted “the apparent hardship suffered by teachers on account of the prolonged non-payment of over six months’ salaries owed primary and secondary school teachers in order to be at par with other civil servants in the state”.

Other problems discussed were the planned dismissal of teachers employed in 2008/2009, the non-payment of duty post allowances, shifting the responsibility of funding primary school teachers’ salaries to local government councils and non-implementation of promotions.

Others are the 18,000 naira minimum wage arrears and non-inclusion of stakeholders in state education law committee.

According to them, if these issues are not resolved, they would stop working.

The chairman continued by saying “an ultimatum of 21 days from today is given to the Bayelsa state government to fully pay the four months’ salaries of all teachers and address other problems”.

“For some teachers, these months without salary has been hellish as daily survival has been a major challenge,” he said.

The government on their part say they would do their best to pay the salaries for as many months as they can afford.