The cordial relationship that existed between the Delta state government, and the state’s chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), may have been threatened with the recent call by the latter on the former to urgently address the plight of teachers in the state.

Addressing newsmen in his office recently, the state’s NUT chairman, Comrade Jemirieyigbe Jonathan, urged the governor to, as a matter of urgency, commence the payment of unpaid salaries of primary school teachers in the state.

He charged the governor to also look into the non-promotion of all graduate teachers in the primary school system beyond Grade Level 14 and above; non-implementation of 2014 promotion arrears, and 2015 promotion of primary and secondary school teachers.

Others include the non-release of 2015/2016 promotion of secondary school teachers; non-release of 2016 promotion of primary school teachers; unlawful collection of N8, 000 screening fee from some secondary school teachers yet to be refunded by the Post Primary Education Board (PPEB) by a consulting firm, and the non-appointment of eligible teachers as permanent secretaries to fill vacancies in the zonal boards of PPEB by the present administration.

He therefore, demanded the “immediate restoration of all teachers that were illegally removed from the pay-roll by the state government; the stoppage of undue delay in the remittance of the union dues/co-operative deductions; the non-payment of teachers’ peculiar allowances to primary school teachers from February 2016 till date, and the payment of primary school teachers by data/figures generated by a private consultant instead of the state’s computer centre. He also wants the non-payment of minimum wage arrears of primary school teachers in the state to be addressed.


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