The State Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Ekiti State, Comrade Akin Adeojo has lamented the non-payment of salaries of primary school teachers in the state.
He is more bothered about the continuous neglect by the State Government of this issue since the beginning of the second term administration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s government in October 2018.
He complained bitterly about the difficult situations and poor conditions of living that the Primary Schools Teachers in Ekiti State are going through at the moment as a result of the non payment of the salaries as being experienced by other parastatals and agencies of the state government.
Comrade Akin Adeojo, the NUT Scribe in Ekiti State made above remarks while responding to questions from PMParrot in his office recently.
He used the opportunity to passionately appeal to the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to do everything humanly possible to pay the salaries of the Primary School Teachers in the State thereby putting smiles on their faces and restoring their hopes towards enjoying life.
He equally advised the Governor to source for monies to offset the primary school teachers’ salaries and other salary arrears owned teachers during the regime of the past Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose without further delay.
However, Comrade Akin Adeojo went further “to appreciate Governor Kayode Fayemi for the regular payment of Teachers Salaries since he came on board in October 2018 except that of the primary school teachers.
“The current government has been able to pay one month out of the seven months arrears of teachers’ salaries owed by Fayose. The NUT is happy that Governor Fayemi is not owing the salaries of Teachers since he came on board in October 2018.
“The Governor should please not look at the attitude of the immediate past Governor of the State because NUT believes government is a continuum. Since government is a continuum, whoever comes in must inherit both liabilities and assets of government. Salary is not a statutory matter. As far as Fayemi’s tenure is concerned, teachers’ salaries have been regular. The last regime owed the teachers various forms of monies like arrears of bonuses. The salaries arrears have not been paid because I am aware it was as a result of a court case instituted against the government of the day by some local government past political appointees and I know the issues in the court will be resolved very soon and the state government will pay”.
Akin Adeojo continued: “I think the court case is political. It’s a matter between those who served in the previous government and now, who has not been fully paid their entitlements that took the state government to court. The issue is political and the NUT strongly believes the matter will be resolved politically. And the local government workers and the primary school teachers will be paid”, he submitted.
Adeojo counseled the state government to recruit and employ more teachers in the state to fill the vacant positions created as a result of those who retired from active service of the state government.
He said: “teachers are retiring nearly everyday. To give a definite statistics of numbers of teachers in the state now can be impossible because of those tendering their retirement letters. But I want to say that in the secondary schools, there are over 8,000 while in the primary schools, we are also having like over 11,000.
“There are many vacant positions that are currently yet to be filled by the state government. Those who were employed in years like 1982, 1983 and 1984 are all due for retirement because they were employed during the era of the Late Ajasin in the old Ondo State.
“The vacant positions of those who had retired in those years are yet to be filled. The NUT is urging the state government to do something urgently on the employment of new teachers in the state.
“The state government should employ about 2,500 or even more so as to have adequate teachers in public schools in Ekiti State. There are many schools – especially in the rural areas who are short of teachers. The NUT normally reminds the Governor about this development each time we have the opportunity to meet with him”.
Comrade Akin Adeojo commended the initiatives of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Kayode Fayemi on the School Feeding Programme that has been introduced into the state. He noted that the School Feeding Programme will help to increase enrolments in public schools. He urged Governor Fayemi to ensure he sustains the programme in all the public primary schools across the state to encourage parents to bring their children there.
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