Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Anambra state wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has raised the alarm over a whopping N56 milion unpaid check-off dues owed to the union from the primary school sector.
The N56 milion was allegedly denied the union by past administration due to its involvement in the national minimum wage struggle of 2012.
Disclosing this at the Teachers’ House Awka on Tuesday, state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers in Anambra Comrade Ifeanyi Ofodile told journalists that the amount was purportedly seized by the government in power as at 2012 and that all attempts to recover the money proved abortive.
This, according to him, made the social welfare scheme put together by teachers suffer set-backs when government refused to pay salaries so that check-off dues can be deducted.
Ofodile however appealed to Governor Willie Obiano to intervene in the matter to enable the union to recover its money as they need it for the welfare of teachers in the state.
He said the state governor has invested so much in teachers following the recent promotion of level 16 officers who, according to him, were hitherto denied promotion for about 10 years. He added that it was the first time the number of promoted teachers was quite reasonable.
The NUT bass also recalled that in 2015, about 1,450 teachers applied for promotion but stated that only about 57 persons were penciled down for promotion from the post primary school sector pointing out that they were grateful to the governor for promoting more teachers.
He equally made a passionate appeal to the governor to fulfill his promise of recruiting about 500 teachers from the primary and secondary school sector respectively to fill the gaps that would be created by retiring officers.