Kogi NUT gives gov can­di­dates con­di­tions

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

As the Novem­ber 21 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in Kogi State draws near, the Nige­ria Union of Teach­ers (NUT) yesterday said its mem­bers will only vote for a gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date who will pri­ori­tise their wel­fare.

Kogi State Chair­man of NUT, Com­rade Suleiman Ab­dul­lahi, lamented dur­ing a brief­ing ahead of to­day’s Teach­ers Day cel­e­bra­tion, lamented that gov­ern­ments in the state had ne­glected teach­ers.

He noted that teach­ers who con­trib­uted im­mensely to the de­vel­op­ment of the so­ci­ety by help­ing to im­part knowl­edge, are of­ten ne­glected and treated with dis­dain.

Ab­dul­lahi said teach­ers in the state knew the an­tecedents of all the gov­er­nor­ship can­di­dates and would be wise in de­cid­ing whom to vote.

“The teach­ers of Ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in Kogi State will only vote for ed­u­ca­tion friendly can­di­date. We have not said vote for A, B or C, but your hand­i­work will set you out; your per­for­mance will ex­pose you.

“Teach­ers are front­line work­ers of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. They are re­spon­si­ble for en­gag­ing stu­dents and pro­mot­ing learn­ing. They dis­charge their du­ties dili­gently, yet when it comes to re­mu­ner­a­tion, they are made to go through har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

“It is a known fact that both the Holy Bi­ble and Qu’ran ab­hor the sweat of the labourer dry­ing up be­fore he gets his wages. Why then do we have to al­low the last drop of the teacher’s blood to dry up with­out ac­cess­ing his wages?”, he said.

He said that de­spite the de­vo­tion of teach­ers in the state to their du­ties, they were still be­ing owed sev­eral years of leave grants, unim­ple­mented pro­mo­tions, an­nual in­cre­ment and min­i­mum wage. He added that the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor would con­tinue to face set­backs if teach­ers don’t get their le­git­i­mate en­ti­tle­ments.

“Teach­ers are highly valu­able re­sources to­wards achiev­ing a sus­tain­able so­ci­ety but to­day, we are over­worked, underpaid, un­der­rated, un­der­val­ued and un­der­es­ti­mated. It is said that to whom much is given, much is ex­pected, so to whom lit­tle or noth­ing is given, what will be ex­pected?”

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