The Chairman of the Kogi State Branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Mr Abdullahi Suleiman, on Monday appealed to the State Government to hasten the payment of arrears of teachers’ salaries.

He made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja.

Suleiman said that due to the failure of the government to meet its obligation, teachers had found it difficult to cater for their families and dependants.

The unionist said that the State Government had benefited from the bailout fund meant to clear backlog of teachers’ salaries but that only 30 per cent of the teachers were paid three months salary arrears.

According to him, teachers are always at the receiving end and are often not paid their entitlements.

Suleiman, however, lauded the blueprint put in place by the administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello, advising the governor that “the key to success is education”.