BASG sets up committee to verify teachers

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By; Mohammed Kawu, Bauchi.
Bauchi State Government has set up a committee to verify what it termed as ‘unrealistic backlog of teachers salaries’, coupled with irregular recruitment and promotion process of teachers in the state.
The State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Isma’ila Mohammed Isa said the committee is to verify teaching and non-teaching staff of primary and junior secondary schools with a view to sanitize the system and restore lost glory of the education sector in Bauchi.
Isa who was speaking while inaugurating the verification committee in Bauchi, lamented the deteriorating state of the education sector, especially at primary and junior secondary schools level inherited from the immediate past administration.
He however said that the exercise is not meant to witch-hunt anybody or group of persons, but rather an attempt to sanitize the state educational system in the best interest of the electorates.
He  warned that anybody found wanting will be made to face the wrath of the law, and called on the committee members to discharge their duties without fear or favour, and in accordance with the committee’s terms of reference.
He gave the terms of reference as to ascertain the authentic list of teachers by comparing lists from the Ministry of Education, State Universal Education Board and Teachers Service Commission, and determine the actual salary of teachers with the Local Government Councils in the state.
The committee is also to verify the genuine or otherwise of teachers’ appointment letters, and come up with an authentic list of genuinely recruited teachers in Bauchi State.
Responding on behalf of the committee, a member, Comrade Danjuma Saleh assured of the committee’s determination to creditably and justly carry out its assignment.
Saleh who is also the state Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), said the involvement of some labour leaders in the committee is to defend the interest of both teaching and non-teaching staff in the exercise.
He urged the teachers and other staff of the Local Education Authorities (LEAs) under the councils to exercise patience with regard to delay in the payment of their salaries which was put-off till after the exercise. He said the verification is in the best interest of the teaching profession and the sector generally.
The 10-man verification committee is headed by the Director of Administration and Human Resources in the Ministry for Local Government Affairs, Alhaji Danlami Musa with Malam Bala Abdu as secretary.

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