Teachers in public primar and junior high schools in Kogi State have made an appeal to the Executive Governor of the state, Yahaa Bello to look into the issue of the non-payment of their salaries ranging from eight to thirty-nine months.
According to findings made available to schoolworld, the appeal was contained in a statement issued at the end of an emergency meeting of the Basic Education Staff Association of Nigeria (BASAN) which was held in Lokoja on Monday.
The statement signed by Mr. Onotu Yahaya and Mr. Mohammed Sule, Acting Chairman and Secretary of the Kogi State chapter of BASAN, also lamented over the refusal of the state government to fully implement the N18,000 minimum wage to teachers in the basic education sector.
The association leaders made it known that their counterparts in the Senior Secondary sector and other state government staff had started enjoing the N18,000 minimum wage since Dec. 2011, wondering why teaching and non-teaching staff of the basic education were not being fully paid.
“Several of the basic education staff retirees are yet to access their monthly pensions besides non-payment of their gratuity,” the statement stated.
“We are passionately appealing to Gov. Bello for intervention on the above inflammatory issues for the ‘change’ mantra of the next level and change of narrative of this critical sector of education,” the statement added.