- Governor Wike has raised the alarm over the new teachers' salary
- President Buhari had on Monday, October 5, promised a new salary structure for the Nigerian teachers
- Wike, however, noted that the federal government should have contacted the state governors before the decision was taken
Following the promise made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, October 5, that there would be an upward increase in the teachers' salary, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has expressed concerns on the new review.
The Nation reports that the governor accused the federal government of imposing fresh financial burdens on states and creating a crisis for the nation’s educational system.
Legit.ng gathered that Wike, however, agreed that the teachers' welfare was ripe for a review going by the key roles they play in the society.
He said that the new salary scale and the incentives were announced by the president without interfacing with states that have long been pushing for a new revenue formula.
Speaking through his information commissioner, Paulinus Nsirim, the governor noted that there was a need for a review of teachers’ welfare in view of their critical roles.
“The federal government has not been willing to come up with a new revenue formula. Instead, it is imposing a new financial burden on the states without consulting them. While it is good to give teachers a new salary scale, it is also important not to politicise such a sensitive issue.
Governor Wike made this known when the board of the college of medical sciences of the state’s university visited him at Government House, adding that his administration would provide basic infrastructure to make the college one of the best in the country.
He said that the government would ensure that students admitted to the college enjoyed uninterrupted academic activities.
“The mother and child hospital is the best health facility now. It will not be run like a regular government hospital. It will be privately managed but will be available to students for their training.”
Wike noted that the call for university autonomy should also include how to generate funds internally to administer the institutions.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari approved automatic employment for students of education upon graduation.
It was reported that the news was broken by the minister of education, Adamu Adamu on Monday, October 5, to mark the World Teacher’s Day Celebration in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.