The Abia State Authorities has known as on members of the state chapter of Nigeria Union of Academics (NUT) to keep away from being utilized by political detractors and return to class instantly.
The state Commissioner for Info, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, in an announcement made accessible to newsmen in Umuahia on Sunday, stated major and junior secondary faculty academics have acquired as much as November 2020 wage with solely December excellent.
He additionally stated the state authorities paid 3 months wage to secondary faculty academics in December 2020 as a part of efforts to clear the backlog owed them with a promise to pay at the very least one other 2 months in January 2021.
In response to him, “at a time the nation continues to be reeling from the consequences of the pandemic and the Finish SARS protests, with the attendant financial challenges and closure of faculties for greater than 6 months, the state authorities confirmed religion with academics and different employees by making certain that whereas employees in our Ministries, Departments and Businesses (MDA) who make up greater than 70% of our state’s workforce are updated with wage fee, distressed parastatals had been additionally closely supported to make sure that they pay employees within the essential month of December with a going-forward plan clearly outlined.
“Along with paying employees in Abia State MDAs their December 2020 wage on twenty second December 2020, subventions had been launched to the next state parastatals on the directive of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to help their fee of arrears:
“Well being Administration Board acquired N85m x 3 months making it a complete of N255m.
“Abia State College Instructing Hospital acquired N136m x 2 months making a complete of N272m.
“ Secondary Schooling Administration Board acquired N230m x 3 months making it a complete of N690m.
“ Abia State College acquired a complete of N300m.
“ Abia State Polytechnic acquired N90m x 2 months making it a complete of N180m.
“Nevertheless, the full paid out to parastatals equals to N1.68bn,” he stated.
Chief Okie urged members of NUT within the state to keep away from being utilized by political detractors who, based on him, are on the lookout for the place to anchor after being silenced by the unprecedented efforts of the Authorities to spice up the infrastructure inventory of the state with over 62 extra accomplished and ongoing street tasks.
“We name on our academics to point out patriotism by reciprocating the efforts of the federal government to enhance our public training system within the state which has seen our public faculty enrollment rise from about 150,000 in 2015 to 650,000 pupils with the state sustaining the primary place, again to again, for 4 years in West Africa Faculty Certificates Examination.
“Our academics should keep away from getting used as keen instruments to depopulate public faculties in favour of personal faculties thereby reversing the beneficial properties of the previous 5 years as the federal government will more than likely be compelled to maneuver the sources earmarked for academics in January to different areas of want in the event that they fail to return to the classroom as agreed”, he added.