Jos North Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers in Plateau State has commended the Plateau State governor Simon Lalong for his efforts at revamping the education sector in the state and for his prompt payment of workers’ salaries.
The NUT in the state also yesterday disbursed over three million naira to retirees and families of their deceased members.
Speaking at the occasion in Jos, the Chairman of NUT in the local government Comrade Joshua Bwede, appreciated the privilege accorded to him by the teachers of Jos North, to establish and develop the welfare scheme which was initiated in April 2017 as well as to oversee the funds of retirees, those that has passed on, and those transferred to other local government education authority.
While commending the effort of the teachers and their cooperation especially, the welfare committee for handling the funds judiciously, he described the disbursement as a remarkable event in the lives of teachers in Jos North.
Bwede stated that the scheme was established to address the present challenges as well as rendering financial support to their retired colleagues before the government are able to source for their entitlements.
“The welfare of workers cannot be over emphasis because it has been observed with dismay how these personnel undergo hardship after serving the country for thirty five years. Most senior citizens die in frustration, however this scheme established is to address the present challenges and render financial support to our colleagues before the government can be able to source for their entitlement.
“Therefore we use this medium to plead with government to pay the gratuities and pension of our retirees as at when due. These are citizens that have put all their energy in serving this country, building all professionals but today die in silence.
“We advice the retirees and beneficiaries to engage in meaningful ventures with the meagre amount disbursed to them today and also encourage our members to participate in the next welfare scheme, he further added.
Chairman of the welfare Committee of the NUT in Jos North, NansokMiri said the money given to beneficiaries were deducted from their salaries when they were in service, and that they came up with the initiative because of the delay of payment of gratuities of their members by the previous administration.
A beneficiary who gave his name as Idris said it was a welcome development .