By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
As teachers the world over celebrate their day, the Adamawa State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has decried the non promotion of teacher in the state for the past 11 years.
Comrade Rodney Nathan, the state NUT Chairman who made this disclosure at an event to mark the 2019 World Teachers Day (WTD) in Yola, maintained that Government efforts in prompt payment of salaries and five years’ service tenure increase is appreciated, but the neglect of primary school teachers cannot be overlooked.
“We are drawing the attention of government to the fact that for the past 11 years, primary school teachers have not been promoted”.
“During the same period, no leave or transport grant and annual salary increment was effected,” Nathan stated.
According to him, this development had badly affected the moral of teachers across the state.
Speaking on the significant of the WTD he said the day was aimed at appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.
He said the theme for 2019 celebration is ‘’Young Teachers: Future of the Profession” is geared towards encourqing the youth to take teaching seriously.
While calling on government to focus on education, he advised both government and private sectors, to always recruit qualified teachers to sustain the profession and create enabling environment for the younger generation.
In his remark, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, said the education sector was among the top priority of his administration.
Fintiri, represented by his Deputy, Mr Seth Crowther, assured teachers and workers in the state that government would soon implement the new national minimum wage of N30,000.
“Government is committed to the welfare of teachers and therefore the need for collective efforts to move our state forward,’’ he said.