Teachers protest FG’s plan to handover primary school teachers’ salaries to LG


THOUSANDS of teachers in Ebonyi State,
yesterday, protested against the alleged plan by
the Federal Government to hand over the
payment of primary school teachers’ salaries to
local governments in Nigeria.

The teachers, who carried placards with various
inscriptions such as
“Respect Supreme Court judgment on the
responsibility of state and the federal
government” expressed pessimism that the
planned initiative would bring untold hardship to
them.
Addressing the teachers during the protest,
National Deputy President of Nigeria Union of
Teachers, NUT, Comrade Kevin Nwachukwu
urged the federal government to have a rethink on
the matter.

He said:”We do not want the paywment of
salaries of primary school teachers to be joined
with the autonomy that will be granted the local
governments. The Supreme Court judgment of
2012 made it very clear that the management of
primary schools is in the hands of states
governments.

“We don’t know why anybody would want us to
be joined with local governments. We know the
excesses of local government chairmen. They
will not remember the teachers. They will prefer
to marry new wives, build new houses, buy new
cars and take care of their girlfriends than pay us
our salaries. Our salaries should come to state
governments or through the Universal Basic
Education Commission, UBEC.” 


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