Teach­ers want to re­tire at 65 in Plateau

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - From Has­san Ibrahim, Jos & Nabob Og­bonna, Abaka­liki

Chair­man of Nige­ria Union of Teach­ers (NUT) Plateau State branch, Com­rade Gun­shin Yar­lings has called on Gover­nor Si­mon La­long to set­tle the four months teach­ers’ salaries with­held by the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pol­icy of ‘no work no pay’ in 2012 and ex­tend their re­tire­ment age to 65 from 60 years.

Yar­lings said dur­ing the World Teach­ers Day cel­e­bra­tions in Jos on Mon­day that “We are urg­ing the gover­nor to ex­tend funds to the teach­ers and the lo­cal gov­ern­ment staff for the pay­ment of out­stand­ing four months salaries of June to Septem­ber2012 which the for­mer gov­ern­ment re­fused to pay over her un­jus­ti­fi­able labour law of ‘no work no pay’”.

Yar­lings called on the state to ex­tend the N18, 000 min­i­mum wage to teach­ers and halt wrong­ful disen­gage­ment of teach­ers. He said the num­ber of years of cred­itable ser­vice should be 40 from 35 while re­tire­ment age should be 65 years.

“The NUT is ag­i­tat­ing for the ex­ten­sion of ser­vice year and re­tire­ment age of teach­ers to 40 years of ser­vice and re­tire­ment age of 65.”

In his

re­mark,

Gover­nor La­long said ef­fort was be­ing made to tackle all chal­lenges fac­ing the teach­ers. “You are aware of the bailout funds re­ceived and sub­stan­tial parts of all the statu­tory al­lo­ca­tion of the state have been ap­plied to­wards the pay­ments of out­stand­ing ar­rears up to June 2015.”

Also, the chair­man of the Nige­ria Union of Teach­ers (NUT) Ebonyi State chap­ter, Com­rade Nweke Joseph, has called on Gover­nor Dave Umahi to pay the out­stand­ing teach­ers an­nual leave al­lowances for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Com­rade Joseph made the ap­peal at the oc­ca­sion to mark the World Teach­ers Day held at the Town­ship Sta­dium, Abaka­liki. He said the dis­crep­an­cies that char­ac­ter­ize the pay­ment of teach­ers’ salaries and non­pay­ment of leave al­lowance be­tween 2013 and 2015 slowed down the pro­vi­sion of ef­fec­tive ed­u­ca­tion in the state.

“Dis­crep­ancy and ir­reg­u­lar­ity that char­ac­ter­ize the pay­ment of salaries is an ill wind as it un­der­mines your ef­forts in the re­al­iza­tion of the state gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy on ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

Other chal­lenges he stressed in­clude non-im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 27.5 per cent en­hance­ment al­lowance.

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Cross­sec­tion of Baze Univer­sity grad­u­ates dur­ing the univer­sity's 2nd con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony in Abuja.

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