- Private school teachers have appealed to the federal government to come to their aid
- The teachers say they are the worst hit due to the closure of schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- They also appealed to state governments as well as public-spirited individuals to help them
The leadership of National Association of Private School Teachers (NAPST), has said that more 100,000 teachers in private schools are unable to feed their families and cannot pay their basic bills as a result of the closure of schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
NAPST president, Comrade Akhigbe Olumhense made the comment on Thursday, July 23 in Abuja while addressing journalists.
He appealed to both federal and state governments as well as public-spirited individuals to assuage the plight of the private school teachers in the country.
He said the closure of schools for the whole of the third term of 2019/2020 academic session means no tuition payment and obviously no salaries.
He added that in some families, both husband and wife are teaching in private schools.
“Private school teachers are facing difficult times currently with no hope in sight as of when the lockdown on schools will be lifted,” he said.
He called on the government to facilitate the payment of monthly stipend to the members projected to be more than 100,000.
“We are soliciting the prompt response from the government so that our members can smile again. We want it treated with the urgency it deserves.
“The states and the federal government have not considered private school teachers as a group that deserves palliatives whereas they are in the group of vulnerable Nigerians,” he said.
Meanwhile, the federal government has called on state governors to ban Sallah festivities in their domain ahead of this year's Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
The call was made by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Thursday, July 23.
The governor gave the order while speaking to journalists in Dutse the state capital, on Tuesday, July 21.
He said the initiative is in line with the state’s continued fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Similarly, all traditional Sallah festivities to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir has been cancelled in Kano by the state government.
Mallam Muhammad Garba, the state commissioner of information, disclosed this in a briefing on Wednesday, July 22.
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