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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Edo State Primary School Teachers, Demand Payment of Salaries by FG

Not  Edo State Teachers

Teachers in Edo State have joined their counterparts in other states to demand that the FG not LG should pay their salaries. This demand was made after renewed calls for LG autonomy. If it is granted, the LG, will be the one in charge.

According to a statement by the state Chairman of NUT, Loggle Iyalomhe.......

“Primary education received its best attention during the operation of first-line charge policy by the Federal Government when the emoluments of primary school teachers were deducted from the Federation Account and given to NPEC for payment of the teachers’ salaries, beginning from 1992 – 2002. “If this system can be re-introduced, the teachers will have no cause to worry over the autonomy of local governments and the retention or non- retention of state Joint Local Government Accounts. “The concern of the NUT is not the issue of local government autonomy.

We believe that the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which vests the onus of funding and management of primary education on the states while the local governments participate as interpreted by the Supreme Court should be upheld. The teachers lamented that payment of primary school teachers’ salaries and allowances as well as retirement benefits to retirees was not in the priority list of politicians at the LGAs level, adding that teachers were owed arrears of salaries up to one year and above in some states of the country by those running the councils.

“Primary education received its best attention during the operation of first-line charge policy by the Federal Government when the emoluments of primary school teachers were deducted from the Federation Account and given to NPEC for payment of the teachers’ salaries, beginning from 1992 – 2002. “If this system can be re-introduced, the teachers will have no cause to worry over the autonomy of local governments and the retention or non- retention of state Joint Local Government Accounts. “The concern of the NUT is not the issue of local government autonomy. We believe that the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which vests the onus of funding and management of primary education on the states while the local governments participate as interpreted by the Supreme Court should be upheld. The teachers lamented that payment of primary school teachers’ salaries and allowances as well as retirement benefits to retirees was not in the priority list of politicians at the LGAs level, adding that teachers were owed arrears of salaries up to one year and above in some states of the country by those running the councils.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/07/edo-pry-school-teachers-want-salaries-fgs-first-line-charge/

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