Don’t Transfer Our Salaries To Local Govt, NUT Tells NASS

The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has demanded that teachers’ salaries be paid from
first-line charge from the federation account through the Universal
Basic Education Commission.


National President of NUT, Micheal Olukoya made the appeal during the union’s courtesy visit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara in Abuja.
“we want the responsibilities of paying the salaries of Teachers
be handed over to State Governments in which case the salaries component
of the revenue allocation of the Local Governments will have to be
transferred to the states and restructure the fiscal allocation of our
national resources in favour of the states to guarantee uninterrupted
and unfettered primary education in Nigeria,” Olukoga said.

of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara while speaking assured
Nigerian teachers that the National Assembly will increase their
retirement age from 60 to 65 years to retain more experienced teachers
in public schools.
have done it for the tertiary institutions and the judiciary, so
nothing should stop us from taking the bull by the horns. They say that
wine gets better with age, it was the same consideration that motivated
us to raise that of university lecturers,raise that of judges. So this
is something we can pursue. Thankfully, it doesn’t require
constitutional amendment, it is something we can achieve by amending the
existing law. That is the responsibility of the parliament and we
assure you that we will do something about that so that the benefit that
comes with experience and wisdom will not be lost,” he stated.
Mr Dogara
noted that the welfare and working condition of teachers must also be
upgraded to enable Nigerian citizens compete with the global world and
produce citizens that can achieve development that the country seeks.
we don’t have people who will sacrifice their time and energy to impart
knowledge on our children, then like I said, we have lost the future.
This government which is a government of change must be prepared to
change the narrative by ensuring that teachers are motivated and the
condition in which they work are conducive at all levels, so that they
can deliver on their professional calling,” he added.
Speaker also advised the union to channel their request for salaries of
teachers to be handed over to state governments or paid from first-line
charge from the federation account through the Universal Basic
Education Commission to the Constitution Review of the House of
Representatives for consideration. 

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