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Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the release of funds for the immediate payment of backlog of salaries owed teachers in both primary and secondary schools in the state.
Governor Okowa, who was represented by his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, at the celebration of World Teachers Day on Wednesday, in Asaba, said the state government has given approval and the release money for the immediate payment of salary of teachers, 2015/16 promotion of both primary and secondary school teachers, reinstatement of the deleted names of those on payroll and others.
While saying that the union has displayed remarkable statesmanship in this very trying period, the governor assured that his administration will continue to strive to improve the welfare of teachers in the state and also create more conducive learning climate in the educational institution.
He however, promised that things will pick up when the financial crisis confronting Nigeria’s economy improves, just as he thanked the teachers, as well as the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) executives for shelving the planned strike for last month, noting that it was a good indication of their willingness and readiness to partner with the state government to deliver good and quality education by ensuring that school calendar is not disrupted.
Teachers in Delta state, had earlier through the state wing chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Jemirieyigbe Jonathan, requested Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to respond swiftly to it and the immediate payment of their May and July 2016 salaries before it culminate into an industrial dispute.
They threatened that their union has prepared to fight the “principalities” frustrating the educational system in the state and Nigeria at large, urging the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to furnish the state government with the information of indebtedness to primary school teachers.
Although, they lauded the favourable disposition of the state government to some issues, they wondered why Governor Ifeanyi Okowa failed to pay the N89 million teachers’ salary since May warning that his members in the state deserve a sense of value and an improved status.
The aggrieved teachers further decried the stance of Governor Okowa towards the upward review of graduate teachers’ promotion to grade level 15 and above, and called a probe of the ongoing screening of workers in the state by Hercabella that led to the deletion of some teachers’ names from the payroll.
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