Ru­ral teach­ers need mo­ti­va­tion, says act­ing Kuje LEA sec­re­tary

Al­haji Ado Us­man Ba­ban­takwa is the act­ing Sec­re­tary of the Lo­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Au­thor­ity (LEA)of Kuje Area Coun­cil in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT). In this in­ter­view, he speaks on the need for the gov­ern­ment to mo­ti­vate pri­mary school teach­ers in ru­ral

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

You be­came the act­ing sec­re­tary of the Lo­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Au­thor­ity (LEA) of Kuje Area Coun­cil at a chal­leng­ing time, how have you been cop­ing?

I be­lieve that we will soon over­come those chal­lenges. And for the teach­ers and staff of the LEA, es­pe­cially in terms of wel­fare and salaries, the FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion has al­ways paid their salaries as at when due. So as far as is­sue of teach­ers’ salary is con­cerned, in Kuje Area Coun­cil, we don't have any prob­lem. The pre­sent ad­min­is­tra­tion, un­der the lead­er­ship of Al­haji Ab­dul­lahi D. Gal­adima, has vowed to ac­cord pri­or­ity to teach­ers which is why he de­clared zero tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion when he came here last week to de­clare open a train­ing event we or­gan­ised for some of our staff and ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of the LEA.

Why is it that there are com­plaints across area coun­cils that teach­ers take al­most 95 per­cent of money from the monthly al­lo­ca­tion of the area coun­cils. Do you have any plan to trim down the num­ber of the LEA staff?

Kuje Area Coun­cil has 2, 200 mem­bers of staff, I don't think there is any ba­sis for trim­ming down the num­bers. Be­sides, we have staff of dif­fer­ent grade lev­els. If you cal­cu­late our co­mu­la­tive salaries you will un­der­stand that the money is not bo­gus as peo­ple be­lieve.

There is this chal­lenge of lack of enough teach­ers, in­struc­tional ma­te­ri­als and in­fras­truc­tural de­cay, es­pe­cially in ru­ral schools. What are you do­ing to tackle the prob­lems?

The pre­sent APC-led gov­ern­men­thas de­clared a state of emer­gency in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor of the coun­cil. The chair­man wants us to tackle the is­sue of girlchild ed­u­ca­tion and pay­ment of schol­ar­ships to in­di­genes of the coun­cil learn­ing at ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions across the coun­try. He has said that his ad­min­is­tra­tion will give pri­or­ity to teach­ers’ wel­fare, pro­mo­tion and mo­ti­vate teach­ers work­ing in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. How­ever, re­gard­ing is­sues of in­fras­truc­tural de­cay, lack of enough teach­ers and

Photo Abubakar Sadiq Isah

Al­haji Ado Us­man Ba­ban­takwa

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