Teachers in Kogi protest unpaid salaries and allowances

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Teachers in Kogi State under the aegis of the Basic Education Staff Association of Nigeria embarked on a protest in Lokoja over the non-payment of their salaries and leave allowances.

The protesters sang war songs and carried placards with different inscriptions deploring their ordeals, and calling on the government to address their grievances.

The chairman of BESAN, Mr. Adomu Sule, said the protest was also to express their grievances against the government’s neglect of teachers’ welfare, particularly the non-implementation of the minimum wage promised the teachers in 2013.

He said some of the protesting teachers were being owed four months salaries, while others had been paid any salary at since January 2014.

He said the protest was a way of intimating the governor, Capt Idris Wada of their plight.

He noted that teachers suspended the nationwide strike in September 2013 due to agreement reached between the state chapter of NUT and the state government.

He said, “The agreement was that 60 per cent of the minimum wage would be implemented on monthly basis while full implementation will commence by March 2014.

“However, the agreement has so far been breached.

“We earlier reported to Governor Idris Wada by way of protest. He swung into action by dissolving SUBEB and appointed an interim committee but the present SUBEB is not serving the interest of teachers.

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