Primary school teachers have appealed to Kogi State Governor Idris Wada to prevail on the Adavi Local Government Chairman, Salihu Adaviruku, to pay their salary.
The teachers, under the umbrella of Basic Education Staff Teacher of Nigeria (BESAN), alleged that they had not been paid their August salary as a result of illegal deduction made from their pay over the purported purchase and distribution of laptops to teachers across the state.
This was contained in a petition signed by BESAN Chairman, Mr. Onotu Yahaya, and Secretary, Ahmed Saka.
They alleged that over N8, 400,000 was deducted from their August salary in the guise of buying laptops thereby hindering them from meeting their needs.
They claimed that 786 laptops were given out to teachers in June 2013 and that over 139 others who are yet to receive the laptops had their salaries deducted.
According to the petition, other local government chairmen had stopped deducting their teachers’ salaries after they (the teachers) rejected the idea, but Adavi Local Government Chairman continued with the deduction.
But Adavi Local Government Chairman, Adaviruku, denied the allegation, saying that the deduction was made directly from source and that the education secretary is in best position to comment of the issue.
The Education Secretary, Omeiza Jimoh, said the delay in the payment of August salary was as a result of the over N8 million deducted at source by the SUBEB from the teachers’ salaries.
He said in the previous months, over N4 million was for the laptop, but in August, over N8 million was deducted thereby making the local government unable to pay salaries.
Jimoh said: “We have complained to SUBEB which said it was arrears of the laptop payment for the previous months that made the August deduction to be over N8 million.
“SUBEB now said that in October such amount would not be deducted so that we can use it to augment the August salary. But because of the deduction of August salary, the teachers have refused to collect September salaries.”