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We are owed 18 months salaries’ – Taraba teachers cry out



By Hannah Nathan, Warri.

The leadership of the Taraba State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has debunked the rumour making the rounds that teachers in the state are not owed any dime by the state government.

Debunking the rumour through its state chairman, Nathan Solomon, the union said 18 months’ salary arrears owned by the Taraba State government to teachers has not been paid.

Speaking on Saturday, the Taraba NUT also lamented that union dues deducted from teachers’ salaries for over two years by the state Primary Education Board have not been remitted to the union’s account.

The association said the circumstance has caused problems for its individuals across the state.

Solomon said, “We need to state plainly that we have not been paid the year and a half compensation unfulfilled obligations we are been owed by the previous Lead representative Darius Ishaku.

“Something devilish the talk might cause is that instructors might have an obligation to settle, for not taking pay rates for nearly two years, and with this sort of misrepresentation, someone might slip on them while the cash isn’t there.”

The Taraba NUT director added, “Everything I once said to columnists was that the educators who were sacked by the new past organization of previous Lead representative Ishaku have been re-established by Lead representative Agbu Kefas.

“The fired instructors were not paid for more than a year and a half however when the lead representative reestablished them back to work he requested that every one of their pay rates ought to be paid and it was done likewise.”

He focused on that the association is “as yet begging the lead representative to persuade the State Essential Training Board to dispatch the more than two years organization fees to our record for us to go on with our exercises”.