NUT Decries Effect Of Insurgency, Banditry On Basic Education In Niger State

The Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Niger State, has decried the level of damage the activities of kidnappers, insurgents and bandits have inflicted on the educational system and lives of thousands of children in seven local governments in the state.

The state NUT Chairman, Akayago Adamu Mohammed stated this at the occasion of the 2022 World Teachers Day Celebration in Minna,

Mohammed listed the worst affected LGs in the state including Rafi, Shiroro, Mashegu, Paikoro, Munya, Mariga, and Rijau areas.

He explained that the awful development has adversely affected the desired delivery of quality education in the school system.

The state NUT Chairman, however, lamented the continuous closure of schools affected by the security challenges, saying, it is impacting negatively on the pupils and students of the concerned schools and threatening the desired peace in society.

He said,” consequently, we call on the state government to as a matter of serious concern provide viable and safe alternative means towards ensuring the resumption of normal academic activities in the affected schools”.

Mohammed also called on the state government to urgently ensure salaries of teachers are paid and the balance of ten months’ arrears of salary cuts also paid in earnest.

Lamenting the delay in the payment of teachers’ salaries, especially at the primary school level, he stated, ” it is disheartening that teachers at primary receive their salaries two, three weeks and even one month after the state civil servants might have taken their salaries. This development has subjected most teachers to some very harsh economic conditions”.

In his address, the state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who spoke through his Deputy, Ahmed Ketso said the government is aware that many schools are still closed down owing to security challenges in the affected councils.

On the salaries owed teachers, Bello said,” I assure you that this ugly trend will be reversed soon. I have directed the ministries of Finance, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Universal Education Board to ensure that all the backlog of salaries are cleared within the shortest possible time and continue to pay remunerations as soon as they are due”.

The state commissioner for Education, Hanatu Jibrin in her remarks assured teachers and education managers in the state that government is not unmindful of the challenges facing them and the important contribution they have been making to the development of the state.

The commissioner added,” the sacrifices you have made and you are still making amidst various challenges are highly commendable. Therefore, the current effort at introducing a set of standard incentives and welfare packages for teachers vis-à-vis the framework for teacher professionalism is a welcome development that has long been overdue”.

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