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FCT Minister Promises To Meet Needs Of Striking Teachers

…NUT Assures Of Returning Back To Class Soon

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello on Thursday assured the striking Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) FCT chapter that their demands will be meant before the end of 2021.

While adding that the administration will also work with the Six Area Councils Chairmen to settle outstanding entitlements of Local Education Authority (LEA) teachers in FCT.

Bello made this known when he chaired a meeting between the FCT Administration and the leadership of the FCT Wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and the FCTA and heads of some security agencies in the FCT. in his office.

He said that, “Efforts will be made to pay all the  promotion benefit arrears of the teachers before the end of the year”.

The NUT leadership was briefed by heads of security agencies in the FCT made up of the FCT Commissioner of Police Mr Babaji Sunday, State Director of the DSS, Mr Ado Muazu and the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Dr Peter Maigari. They said measures were being taken to improve the security situation in schools.

 
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola reiterated what the Minister said , “It was agreed that for us in the FCT, the allowances of our teachers will be paid for 2017, since 2016 had already been paid and that consideration should also be given to prioritizing payment for those in the teaching profession of 2018 before the end of the year.

He said, “On the strike action embarked upon by the NUT for the payment of arrears of promotion benefits for teachers for the years of 2016-2018, the Minister informed the union members that the efforts will be made to pay all the  promotion benefit arrears of the teachers before the end of the year, following the Permanent Secretary’s submission that all arrears for 2016 had already been paid and those for 2017 were scheduled for payment between November and December of 2021.”

Speaking at the end of the meeting, the NUT Chairman, Comrade Stephen Knabayi said that the Union appreciated the efforts of the security agencies  and assurances from the FCT Minister that all efforts will be made to protect the lives and properties of teachers and students within the FCT.

Speaking on the return of teachers to the classroom, the NUT chairman said “from this meeting and from all the resolutions we will go back without waste of time”

He also appealed to the FCT Minister to intervene in the payment of arrears of LEA teachers under the administration of the Area Councils.

It would be recalled that NUT embarked on a 5 day warning strike to press home their demands for enhanced security in schools and payment of arrears of promotion benefits for teachers.

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