Wike seeks re­view of rev­enue shar­ing for­mula

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Ann God­win, Port Har­court

GOVERNORNYESOM Wike of Rivers State has called for re­view of the rev­enue shar­ing for­mula to boost ca­pac­ity of state gov­ern­ments to meet their fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions.

Wike won­dered why the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment would ne­go­ti­ate wage in­crease with work­ers with­out the in­volve­ment of the states. The gover­nor made the call at the Gov­ern­ment House, Port Har­court yes­ter­day when the state chair­man of the Nige­rian Union of Teach­ers (NUT), Nk­pogone Dum­naatah Lucky led the union to visit him. He as­sured the union that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would con­tinue to in­vest in in­fra­struc­ture in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. He promised to in­tro­duce in­cen­tives and al­lowances for teach­ers in ru­ral ar­eas. The gover­nor said the is­sue of some teach­ers omit­ted from the salary spread­sheet for Fe­bru­ary and March 2016 would be ad­dressed.

The teach­ers en­dorsed him for a sec­ond term in of­fice, say­ing they were sat­is­fied with the achieve­ments in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

“Teach­ers have en­dorsed you (Wike) for re-elec­tion. We are not politi­cians, but we shall de­liver our votes en­masse for you. Come 2019, we want to see you con­tinue as gover­nor of Rivers State. We want you to con­tinue your good works for the state,” Lucky said.

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