Kwara: Anger as some teachers await June salary

Posted: July 25, 2012 in Education

About 50 per cent of Kwara State teachers, coordinated by the Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, have not been paid their June salary.

Some of the affected teachers told our correspondent yesterday that the non-payment of the salary had brought about untold hardship on them, particularly the Muslims among them who are observing the Ramadan fasting. It was learnt that the state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Mr. Farouk Akanbi, who also doubles as the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is affected.

Sources said the teachers, who were preparing to stock their homes for Ramadan, were shocked when they did not receive telephone alerts to signify that their respective bank accounts had been credited as against some of their colleagues who were paid.

Some teachers, who spoke on condition of anonymously for fear of being victimized, said, “it is quite pathetic that we are subjected to this type of hardship after we have laboured hard to work for our earnings, knowing well that we have no other source of income. It is even worse that this is happening to us during Ramadan.

Many of us had to resort to borrowing to take care of our families”.

However, a government source said the problem emanated from the discoveries in the last biometric screening exercise.

The biometric machine, according to the source, had left out names of some teachers which made it difficult for computers to include them in the e-payment system.

The teachers, however, disagreed with the claim, saying that the screening was done in February and wondered why it was only in July the government was taking action on the exercise.

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