Cross River As­sem­bly passed 8 bills in 2013 Kogi teach­ers protest non-pay­ment of salaries

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar From Us­man A. Bello, Lokoja

In the 2013 leg­isla­tive year, the Cross River State House of As­sem­bly passed eight bills into law, the Speaker, Mr Larry Odey, has said.

He said the bills in­clude; the Cross River 2014 ap­pro­pri­a­tion bill of N176.3bil­lion, a bill to es­tab­lish a multi-door court in the state among oth­ers.

Odey said in 2013, the As­sem­bly did not record any ma­jor cri­sis, rather “it con­sol­i­dated on the peace in the state”.

“As law­mak­ers, we moved mo­tions, res­o­lu­tions, and spon­sored bills that will ad­dress crit­i­cal ar­eas of hu­man at­ten­tion,’’ he said.

He said the se­cu­rity net­work and peace­ful na­ture of the state was due to the col­lec­tive ef­forts of all arms of govern­ment.

“We also ad­dressed com­mu­nal clashes in parts of the state as well as ad­dressed, flood­ing, dis­as­ter, in­ter and in­tra state crises. We are also work­ing in syn­ergy with the ju­di­ciary and the ex­ec­u­tive to pro­mote the unity, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal growth of the state,” he added. Pri­mary school teach­ers in Kogi State yes­ter­day protested non-pay­ment of Fe­bru­ary and March salaries as well as leave al­lowances in the past three years.

The teach­ers, un­der the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Staff As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (BE­SAN), held the protest at the gate of the State Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Board.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists, the state chair­man of BE­SAN, Adamu Sule, said the teach­ers got their last pro­mo­tion in 2009, and that it was with­out fi­nan­cial back­ing. He lamented that since 2011, they have been un­der­go­ing screen­ing on a yearly bases with­out any­thing to show for it.

“There was an agree­ment be­tween teach­ers and SUBEB last year De­cem­ber that the min­i­mum wage which was be­ing im­ple­mented at 60 per cent would be im­ple­mented fully by March this year, but we are yet to even re­ceive Fe­bru­ary and March salaries,” he said.

The chair­man said the protest was to let the gover­nor and people know that ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion is be­ing ne­glected in the state and that teach­ers are suf­fer­ing.

Re­spond­ing, the Per­ma­nent Mem­ber 11, James Mo­moh, who ad­dressed the teach­ers on be­half of SUBEB chair­man, Jib­rin Us­man, pleaded with them to ex­er­cise pa­tience, say­ing that they would be paid by next week.

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