By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Cross River State branch, has condemned the handing over of schools in the state to the missionary.
Governor Ben Ayade had recently announced the handing over of six schools across the state to their original owners.
Speaking at the occasion, the state chairman, Elder Comrade Eyo- Nsa Eyo Itam, said “the Nigeria Union of Teachers observe with great concern steps taken by government to handover some public schools to the missions and view this act as a serious violation to the education Act on compulsory free Universal Education 2004”.
Therefore, we are calling on government to live up to expectation on its provision of free compulsory and sustainable education for the child ” .
The union also frowned at the non implementation of two years promotion of principals of schools, head teachers as well as others.
The long delay in implementation, is grossly affecting the productivity of those affected, he appealed.
Its also expressed concern over the non release of 2017 July secondary school check off dues and appealed to government to direct its to avoid any confrontation.
He described today’s ceremony as a “black World teachers day in Cross River State. We decided to put on black outfit because of the numerous ill treatments given to our dear teachers in Cross River State.
He regretted that some of our teachers names were dropped from payroll making it impossible for them to collect their September salaries even though they had worked for the month.
In his speech, the National President, Dr. Comrade Mohammed Nadir Idris, commended the state governor Senator Ben Ayade, for having cordial working relationship with the Nigeria Union of Teachers in the state.
He also. Commended the Federal government for establishing the National Secondary Education Commission and called for the upward review of the retirement age of teachers from 60 to 65 years.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Aniedi Bassey Ekpeyong, described teachers as the pride of a nation.
She assured the NUT that government was already addressing some of the vexed issues raised , adding that “I will certainly forward all your grievances to the appropriate quarters.
Ekpenyong therefore enjoined them to always seek dialogue first as the best option to resolving trade union matters.
The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a lecture by Prof. P. N Asuquo on the theme:”Young Teachers, The future of the Profession”.
Members were drawn from the 18 local government chapters in the state.