Chairman of the Kogi State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Comrade Suleiman Abdullahi, has alleged that the Governor Idris Wada-led administration owes basic education teachers the sum of N23billion since the commencement of minimum wage issue.
He disclosed this in Lokoja, the state capital during an interview with journalists, adding that the state government also owed the teachers about N8.7billion leave grants for four years.
With this huge debt, he said “there cannot be commitment from a teacher who is sick and hungry; there cannot be commitment from a teacher who is not sure of what he would be paid and when he will be paid.”
Abdullahi urged the administration to show more commitment and be proactive on the welfare of teachers, noting that the condition of teachers in Kogi had degenerated to the level that they could no longer pay medical bills of their loved ones or feed well, as well as being ejected from their houses due to their inability to pay their rents.
“Government has had not less than six screening exercises since 2008 till date but the question is why has there not been any official position on these reports? We expect the government to use the report to determine the number of teachers, pay four years leave grant, pay outstanding from the various percentages, implement promotion and pay salaries as at when due,” he said.
Responding to the allegations, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Mallam Nuhu Ahmed, said the N23billion minimum wage claim by the NUT boss was outrageous, stressing that he did not know the yardstick he used in arriving at the amount.
“The figure is outrageous; he has to backup his claim. The figure is not the same anymore. There is monetary glut everywhere. The little amount from federation account, we’ve been making it to go around. It takes N2billion to pay minimum wage in the state,” he declared.
On the N8.7billion leave grant, Ahmed said the board had setup a committee, including the NUT to work out the exact amount so as to pass it to the state government for implementation.

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