Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today disclosed that the state government would commit N6.4 billion to the provision of infrastructure in its primary schools.
He made the disclosure while receiving officials of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, who visited him at the Benue Peoples House. Governor Ortom stated that the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, has provided a grant of N3.2 billion for the purpose while he had already included the same amount as counterpart fund in the N5.6 billion approved by the State Assembly for payment of counterpart funds across the board.
He assured the teachers that the amount would be committed to the provision of infrastructure in primary schools across the state adding that he would also ensure that teachers were no longer maltreated.
The Governor said the treatment of teachers in the past was a sad story and apologized for their ill-treatment on behalf of leadership.
According to him all monies meant for provision of infrastructure, equipment, and welfare would be judiciously applied describing primary education as the most important level as it forms the foundation upon which the future would be built.
Leader of delegation and NUT chairman in the state, Comrade Godwin Anya commended Governor Ortom for commencing the implementation of minimum wage to teachers in the state. “The teachers of Benue State are happy with you,” he stated, adding that they were also in support of the steps he had taken so far with regard to security and welfare of workers.
He listed delay in the payment of salaries, lack of promotions, non-payment of leave title grant, retirement and death benefits as well as poor environment in schools as problems.
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