ADAMAWA LAWMAKERS, TEACHERS AT WAR OVER E-PAYMENT

The recent directive by the Adamawa State House of Assembly urging governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow, to suspend the implementation of e-payment in all local councils of the state, has been heavily criticised by the leadership of the state’s teachers’ union, which has also urged the governor to ignore the lawmakers.

It would be recalled that the lawmakers had last week summoned the Secretary to the State Government (SGF), Mr. Umar Bindir, to explain why the government introduced e-payment in the 21 local councils of the state.

Chairman of the union, Comrade Rodney Nathan, who described the directive as detrimental and inhuman to the welfare of teachers, asked the lawmakers to focus on issues that will bring development to the state.

Nathan said that teachers in the state initiated the e-payment scheme to avoid delay in payment of salaries, checkmate ghost workers problem and to introduce transparency in the system.


“I am shocked that the House of Assembly that is supposed to initiate schemes that can help government to defeat fraud in the system will go against such schemes initiated by workers. We are in the digital age and nobody can drag us back to the stone age. We are educated that is why we are planting the knowledge in others, and nobody can infringe on our rights.

“If e-payment is a sin in the state why didn’t the lawmakers stop the scheme at the state level? Why would the e-payment at local government level become an issue that members will spend useful hours discussing an issue they lack powers to implement? When teachers and health workers were being owed for four to six months what did they do? They should keep off from our affairs in their interest, because we are not going to take it kindly with anyone that attempts to temper with our sweat.

He continued, “Before the introduction of e-payment, I was collecting N50,000 as my monthly salary, but with e-payment, I started collecting N58,000, every month. This means someone was pocketing N8, 000 out of my salary monthly. This is one of the reasons we demanded for e-payment, and so there is no going back.”

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