- The new Special Teachers Salary Scale approved by President Buhari will take off in January 2022
- This was disclosed by the federal government via a Twitter post on Wednesday, May 26
- The Nigerian president had earlier noted that the move was to encourage and motivate teachers to deliver quality service
The federal government has announced that the new Special Teachers Salary Scale approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020 is expected to take off on January 1, 2022.
This was disclosed in a tweet posted via the official Twitter handle of the federal government, @NigeriaGov, on Wednesday, May.
The tweet reads in part:
"The new Special Teachers Salary Scale approved by President @MBuhari in 2020 is expected to take off on January 1, 2022."
According to Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, the new salary scheme is introduced to encourage teachers in delivering better service.
It is not clear whether the federal government has consulted with state governors before announcing the date the increment will take off as some of them raised an objection.
A report filed by The Nation at the time indicated that the Nigerian governors were not happy about the new salary package.
It was gathered that going by the conditions given by the governors, only teachers on the employ of the federal government would enjoy the new salary package and improved condition of service granted by the president.
According to the report, the governors were shocked that the federal government did not consult them before unilaterally announcing the package.
In his reaction, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, accused the federal government of imposing fresh financial burdens on states and creating a crisis for the nation’s educational system.
Governor Wike, however, agreed that the teachers' welfare was ripe for a review going by the key roles they play in 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.
In other news, Comrade Bayo Titilola Sodo, the special adviser on labour affairs, to the governor of Oyo, Seyi Makinde, has declared that the workers in the state receive the highest pay among their contemporaries in the southwest.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Oyo state, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the governor's aide asserted that the moribund welfare status of the state's workforce has been revived.
Comrade Sodo made this known at an interactive session with the Oyo chapter of the correspondent chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).