By Sylvanus Okpe
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has kicked against the plan by the Federal Government to grant direct allocation of funds to local governments in the country arguing that the plan will inflict a lot of sufferings on teachers who are the major employees.
The NUT disclosed that the direct allocation of funds to local governments will make it cumbersome for the smooth payment of the salaries and allowances of teachers.
The objection to the policy was raised yesterday in Minner by the Niger State chapter of the union through a communiqué issued after the State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) meeting held at the Teachers House in the Niger State capital.
Part of the statement reads,
“The SWEC in session expresses serious concern at the recent approval granted by the federal government on the direct allocation of local government funds to their respective accounts.
“The council further observes the challenges this development might pose to the payment of primary school teachers,” the communiqué stated.
Signed by the state Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Umar, and the Principal Assistant Secretary-General, Mr Garba Labaran, the union, however, suggested that to ensure regular and prompt payment of teachers’ salaries, under the policy “it should be placed on first line charge to SUBEB for onward payment to teachers”.
The SWEC in session, according to the communique “express support for the federal government’s directive to teachers yet to register and licensed by Teachers Registration Council (TRCN) to do so by the end of December, this year”.
It, however, observed what it described as “the disenfranchising factor” the computer-based test pose to Arabic teachers during examinations and therefore called on the TRCN “to look into the issue with a view to addressing it”.
The union also commended the Niger State government for the implementation of “Domestic Allowance” to secondary school teachers on grade level 15 and above and urged that such gesture a laudable policy should be extended to teachers at the primary school sector to enhance their effectiveness.