Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has called on teachers to join the fight against corruption.
The governor, who stated this at this year’s World Teachers Day yesterday in Jos, said, “As teachers, you must do your utmost best in ensuring professionalism, discipline and dedication to duty in your service delivery at all levels, so that the quality of your input in the educational sector measures commensurately with the output of your students.”
Represented by his Deputy, Professor Sonny Tyoden, Lalong said the contribution of teachers to human and national development would be better appreciated when viewed in the light of the difficult working environment from which they operate and the best of the products that come out of their sacrificial service.
“It is best on this day to restate the commitment of our government to accord great attention to the education sector. In my inaugural speech, we promised to raise the quality of education in the state, knowing that our students and teachers deserve the best in terms of service delivery. We would be doing this consciously, knowing that no quality of education can rise above the quality of its teachers and as a matter of urgency, we must find lasting solutions to the challenges that have affected the quality of our education.”
In his remark, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Plateau State branch, Comrade Gunshin Yarlings, said “we urge Governor Lalong to release funds for the payment of outstanding four months salaries of June to September 2012 which the outgone government refused to pay, following its unjustifiable labour law of ‘no work no pay.’
Yarlings notified the governor of the challenges confronting teachers including issues of biometric data capturing, non-enjoyment of the N18,000 minimum wage, wrongful disengagement of teachers, backlog of outstanding salaries and non-payment of pension and gratuity to retired teachers, adding that “it is disheartening that it is only teachers and staff of local governments that are not enjoying the N18,000 minimum wage in the state.”