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.

TUC Gives Oyo Govt. 15-Day Ultimatum To Pay Workers

FILE: Students and traders protesting in Oyo State.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has issued a 15-day ultimatum to the Oyo State Government and all governors owing workers to pay up or face mass action in affected states.

Members of TUC at the national level joined their counterparts from Oyo state to protest the non-payment of their salaries for over 6 months.

They called on the Governor of the state, Mr Abiola Ajimobi to urgently find a solution to the lingering crisis.

The Head of Service, Mr Soji Eniade, while addressing the protesters, appealed for calm and assured that the committee to be inaugurated between labour and government will come up with a lasting solution to the problem.

Meanwhile, all public primary and secondary schools in Oyo State remain closed despite the order to re-open the schools by the governor.

In an interview with Channels Television, TUC Chairman, Oyo State chapter, Comrade Niyi Akano, maintained that teachers are not resuming until their demands are met.

A visit round schools by Channels Television Correspondent on Monday, revealed that no school was functional despite the order and labour insists it will remain so until issues at stake are resolved.

In the meantime, the Oyo State Government insists that the proposed participatory management of public schools will happen and to be sure of government’s seriousness, a 31 member Education Reform Initiative Committee has been set up to widen the scope of consultations on the project.

Members of the committee were drawn from the University of Ibadan, commissioners from relevant ministries, community and religious leaders, and private sector education practitioners while the NUT, NLC, Ancopps and NANs are expected to submit 2 representatives each for the committee.

Labour Unions Disrupt Education Forum In Oyo

Education, Oyo, Labour UnionsLabour unions Wednesday disrupted a stakeholders’ interactive forum on the future of public secondary schools in Oyo State, southwest Nigeria.

Some members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state invaded the Western Hall venue of the forum to chase participants out in the process.

The state’s NLC Chairman, Waheed Olojede, NUT Chairman, Niyi Akano, and the Coordinator of the Joint Action Front, Dr. Ademola Aremu, among other union leaders stormed the venue to prevent any dialogue from taking place.

Some of the participants, who came to represent missionaries at the event, had to scamper to safety as banners were torn while other stakeholders were chased out.

In a swift reaction, the Oyo State government condemned the attack on innocent members of the public describing it as ‘uncivilised and ill advised’.

Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli, said government was not selling any school nor returning any to former missionary owners.

Teachers Union Seeks Better Welfare In Kogi State

Nigerian teachersThe Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) as appealed to the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, to take the welfare of teachers in the state more seriously.

The unions made the request following myriad of issues affecting the primary education sector in Kogi State.

In a meeting with the Governor of the State, the National President of the union, Mr Micheal Alogba, express the union’s displeasure with the autonomy granted to the local government in the management of primary schools salaries.

The primary schools teachers have in the past reached several agreements without success with previous government on issue affecting them.

The unresolved issue had led to street protests and closed down of primary schools in the state for several months.

But closing down of schools is the last thing in the mind of the union now, as they had chosen to have a conversation with Governor Bello on the way forward.

Reiterating his administration’s commitments to ensuring quality education in the state, the Governor gave reasons behind some of his actions, blaming the state NUT for allowing previous administration play politics with education.

The meeting ended with promises by the Governor to end the problems affecting the teachers in a matter of days, but just like many meetings of its kind that yielded no result in the past, members of the union and indeed teachers in the state are hopeful that this time it would not be empty promises.

NUT Asks FG To Recruit Qualified Teachers

TeachersThe Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on the Federal Government to recruit only qualified candidates in the 500,000 teachers it promised to employ this year.

The appealed was made on Wednesday by the NUT President, Mr Michael Olukoya, at a meeting of the union in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that anything short of the right requirement for those employed may jeopardise the future of young Nigerians.

Mr Olukoya also lamented the non-payment of salaries of teachers and the non-adherence to the national minimum wage by owners of private schools in Nigeria.

He called for the closure of private owned schools who refused to pay their teachers the 18,000 Naira minimum wage.

The NUT promised to put in their best to ensure the development of the teaching profession if all the concerns raised at the meeting were met.

El-Rufai Threatens To Arrest Parents Whose Children Are Out Of School

el-rufaiKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has vowed to arrest parents who refuse to send their children to school. He also threatened to sanction any religious leader that preaches against western education.

Speaking during a town hall meeting with the people of Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone on Saturday, Governor El-Rufai noted that the north was educationally backward, because most parents had refused to allow their children to go to school and acquire western education.

The Governor stated that, with the measures being put in place by his administration to provide free tuition fees, free meals, free uniforms and qualitative infrastructure in public schools, parents have no excuse not to educate their children.

Governor El-Rufai also announced plans by his administration to build 225 primary health centres, 23 hospitals and six general hospitals across the state.

He further said that the security situation in the state had improved in the last four months due to the collaborative efforts of the state government and security agencies.

In separate interviews, however, the Leader of the State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Adamu Ango and that of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, Audu Amba, appealed to the Governor to clear the over four months salary being owed primary school teachers and other civil servants, who are yet to be paid after their verification.

They also assured their unflinching support to the government and asked for similar treatment for their members.

Benue State Introduces e-Payment System For Teachers

e-paymentThe Benue State Government has introduced e-payment system for primary school teachers in the state to address the crisis of unpaid salaries in the sub-sector.

The decision was taken at the State Executive Council meeting held in Makurdi, during which issues affecting the civil service and the state of environmental hygiene were discussed.

The meeting, chaired by Governor Samuel Ortom, also mandates a commitment to clear all illegal waste dump sites and ensure the relocation of the Wurukum market to the new Ultra-modern market.

Following these decisions and its impacts on the people of the state, the Governor has scheduled an interactive meeting for Friday (October 16) to allow the people make imputes to his administration.

Kogi Teachers Protest Unpaid Salaries

kogi teachers protestTeachers under the aegis of Basic Education Staff (BES) in Kogi State have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in their present predicament over unpaid salaries and allowance by the State government.

The teachers made the appeal while protesting what they described as maltreatment of the highest order which has culminated in both physical, mental and emotional trauma, occasioned by their aggravating condition of service in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.

The protesting teachers gathered at the Holy Trinity Primary School in their numbers, carrying placards with different inscriptions in their hand to press home there demand.

It is also recorded that this is not the first time that the protesting teachers are protesting unpaid salaries, as they were prevented from meeting with the Governor.

Addressing reporters, the Chairman of the BES in Kogi State, Comrade Ohino Baiye, pointed out some alleged atrocities the board had committed to divert their allowances and also underpay them.

Comrade Baiye said they were more resolute in the struggle for emancipation and to oppose and resist the payment of salaries by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) due to the trauma they have experienced in the hands of the present board.

He stated that payment should be handed over to Local Government Education Authorities for accountability.

Comrade Baiye also said that their association became necessary because the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) was no longer fighting their cause, but was rather using them to trade.

On his part, the SUBEB Chairman said the board had paid salaries to Basic Education teachers in the state, with the fund available to them.

LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Suspends Five Months Strike

LAUTECH Teaching Hospital Suspends Five Months StrikeThe Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, the capital Osun State, south-west Nigeria, has suspended its ongoing strike.

The suspension of the five months industrial action by the union of the government-owned hospital is coming after the payment ‎of the 2013 salary arrears owed.

The Chief Medical Director of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Professor Femi Fadiora, revealed that a total of 150 million naira outstanding salary of LAUTECH workers owed by the Oyo State government had been offset by the Osun State government, explaining that it was the remuneration that made all workforce resume their duties.

Professor Fadiora then urged the workers to perform their duties peacefully and submissively and also appealed to the public to bear with the hospital for the long period it was out of service.

However, the turnout was low at the Osun State secretariat as workers expressed confusion on the directive‎ of the labour leaders whether to resume or not, following the 50% payment remitted to the account of officers on Grade Level 8 and above.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leadership is yet to make a definite statement on the industrial action but the Chairman of Osun State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Olalere Olawuyi, had directed in a statement that teachers should stay at home till further notice.

Ogun NUT Protests Alleged N200Million Fraud

NUTThe Ogun State chapter of the National Union of Teachers has protested  the alleged involvement of its members in a 200 million naira bank loan scam which saw to the arrest of 120 members of the union by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).

At a press briefing addressed by the State Chairman and other state executive members  of the union in Abeokuta, the state capital, the leadership of the union called on the state government to  put machinery in motion, independent of the EFCC to unravel the culpability of some officials of a first generation bank in the state.

120 members and teachers were arrested by the anti-graft agency for alleged 200 million naira loan as supposed by the bank but they have since been released by the EFCC as non of them was found guilty of the crime.

As a result of the embarrassment this development has caused its union members across the state, men and women of the teaching profession are demanding an unreserved public apology, failure of which the union said it would be left with no other option than to seek legal redress.

As the teachers seek justice, it is believed that the EFCC would fish out those responsible for this crime since 120 members of the union have been released based on their innocence and bring the perpetrators to book.

May Day: Osun, Plateau Workers Seek Payment of Salaries

As workers across the world mark the May Day, it was a different story for workers in Osun and Plateau State, as the usual funfair did not hold due to nonpayment of workers’ salary and emoluments for over five months.

Speaking to Journalists in Osogbo, Osun State capital, the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Osun State Chapter, Jacob Adekomi, ascribed the ‎”no celebration” to non payment of salaries to the workforce.

Adekomi said that as long as the workers’ salaries and other emoluments remain unpaid for five months‎, there is no basis for any ceremonial outing.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC), Osun State Chapter, gathered some of its members for what it termed as a prayer session in spite of the ”no celebration”.

The union said that although they were also in support of the ‘no pay no celebration’, what is required is prayer to help change the trend of things in the nation, particularly as the nation prepares for a transition.

Plateau State

Instead of the usual May Day celebrations, workers in Plateau state gathered at the Labour House in Jos in a solemn mood as salary and emoluments, including outstanding arrears of minimum wage, non release of promotions to workers, non payment of gratuity and pension to retirees, among other issues are still pending.

The NLC Chairman in the state, Jibrin Bancir, in a press briefing, observed that the singular act of bad governance and inhuman treatment of workers over the years by the outgoing regime have put the workers under trauma.

As the workers were reflecting on the situation at hand, another faction that emanated from the national body gathered at the state office of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), led by Anthony Sule John, to address workers and the issue at the national level of the union.

The TUC, with about 12 affiliates comprising mostly senior association members, gathered at their office to also mark the May Day celebrations, with emphases on the plight of Plateau workers.