Officials of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) have said that Boko Haram has killed over 600 teachers and displaced more than 19000 others in some parts of the North.
This was disclosed by Michael Olukoya, the national president of the union, who spoke on Monday, October 5 in Ado Ekiti during the celebration of this year’s World Teachers’ Day.
In a speech read on his behalf by Samson Akinlade Olukoya, a senior NUT official, Olukoya called on the federal and state governments to beef up security in public schools to prevent further attacks.
He said: “It is on record that over 600 teachers have lost their lives to the terror attacks. These include 308 in Borno, Adamawa (75), Yobe (18), Kaduna (25), Plateau (120), Kano (63) and Gombe (2).
“This is additional to 19,000 teachers that have been displaced and are suffering great losses due to barbaric activities of the insurgents.”
The NUT president also urged the government to do more in their quest to rescue the Chibok Girls.
He said: "the memory of Chibok girls and thousands of others whose potentials and lives have been truncated , remains traumatic and demoralizing."
In appreciation of the good deeds by teachers in Ekiti state, Governor Ayo Fayose, gave out brand new Kia Soul cars to the best teachers in primary and secondary schools
Brand new cars were also given to the newly appointed headmaster general for primary school, Mrs. Rachel Talabi.
Fayose said: “I know the value of your votes and what you represent. I won’t joke with your interest. I decided that the programme is shown life to show the strength of our teachers and their support for us.
“The issues raised are being addressed and you know our financial situation and within the limit of our finances we will address them. In 2003, we were 35th in public examinations conducted by WAEC and NECO and we moved to the eighth and seventh positions.
“Though, I applied for N29.6 billion bailout from the CBN, which would have covered payment for all salaries, allowances and pension. But only N9.1b was approved.”
He further said that teachers in Ekiti state will continually have the support of the government.
Recalled that the NUT had on Wednesday June 8, warned state governors against diversion of the bailout funds approved by the federal government for the payment of backlog of workers’ salaries, saying that they would oppose such a move vehemently.
According to comrade Michael Olukoya, the NUT president, the union was ordered to closely monitor the disbursement of the funds, so that the “bailout does not develop wings.”
Olukoya who made this remark while briefing reporters in Abuja, noted that further delays in the disbursement of the funds would force teachers to declare a state of anarchy and exhibit unpleasant behaviours.
Meanwhile, former Speaker of the Ekiti state House of Assembly, Femi Bamisile has said that Governor Ayodele Fayose will loot the treasury through the state’s N17billion airport project.
At a press conference on Friday, October 2, in Ado Ekiti, the ex-Speaker criticised the governor for allegedly raising the debt profile of the state at various fora to smear his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi.
The former Speaker said he wondered where the governor got the courage to embark on the project while always complaining about the debt profile of the state.