NUT gives 21-day ultimatum to Edo state government over poor education funding

NUT gives 21-day ultimatum to Edo state government over poor education funding

- The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Edo has accused the state government of not taking the funding of education seriously

- NUT in its petition strongly urged the state government to implement the N25, 000 minimum wage to all primary school teachers with the accrued arrears

- Also, the body gave a 21-day ultimatum to the government to fund education, adding that there will be serious consequences if this is not done

The Edo state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the state government to provide adequate funding for education.

The ultimatum is contained in a nine-point communiqué, issued in Benin on Sunday, August 19. The document was signed by the chairman of the NUT in the state, Pius Okhueleigbe, and the acting secretary, Mike Itua, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

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The association warned that the government would face dire consequences if it failed to meet the demands of the body before the expiration of the ultimatum.

The union demanded immediate release of funds to cater for primary and secondary schools in the state, lamenting that teachers in public schools had been using their salaries to provide instructional materials.

The union also demanded immediate implementation of the 2013 to 2015 primary school teachers’ promotions as approved by the government and payment of outstanding salary arrears to teachers.

The body, similarly, sought the implementation of the N25, 000 minimum wage to all primary school teachers with the arrears.

According to them, no dime has been paid to anyone since 2016 when the state government approved the minimum wage.

The union said the ultimatum became necessary, following the expiration of 45 days grace period it gave the government to mutually resolve issues at its meeting with the union in July, 2018.

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The union decried what it described as a lack of manpower in public schools in the state, advising the government to commence immediate recruitment of about 9,000 teachers to meet the gap.

Meanwhile, reported that Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo had said that contrary to the rampant trend of embezzling state funds, his brand of leadership was about infrastructural development.

He vowed that he would not yield to pressure, no matter how much or from whatever source it came, to go back on his oath to provide purposeful leadership for the state.

He remarked that if structures were put in place to ensure quality life for the people, they would not embark on illegal and life-threatening journeys to Libya in a bid to cross to Europe in search of greener pastures.

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