By John Onah, Abuja
Amid widespread confusion by Nigerians over the implementation of the new teachers’ salary scale announced by the Federal Government recently, the Federal Ministry of Education said the detailed information to that effect will be given soon.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Arch Sonny Echono who disclosed this to DAILY ASSET yesterday in Abuja acknowledged concern raised by the public over the announcement by President Muhammed Buhari.
“We will give detail concerning teachers’ welfare in a few days time”, he said
Also the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, Ben Goong, said the President had directed the ministry to ensure an accelerated implementation of the policy, while working with states and local governments, the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.
According to him, the Federal Government will directly take care of the 104 Unity Colleges and six others making a total of 110 federal secondary schools across the country.
“You know that education is on concurrent list and that is why ministry would ensure an accelerated implementation dialogue with states, local government, UBEC and other relevant agencies.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said on Monday that the new structure for teachers announced by the Federal Government would create crisis for the country’s educational system.
Wike in a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, was quoted as saying that while it was good to give teachers a new salary scale, it was also important not to politicise such a sensitive issue.
The governor pointed out that it was “good to give teachers special attention because of their strategic role in the society but such policy should be properly implemented.”
He said, “The clamour for a new revenue formula by states has not received any attention by the Federal Government despite the obvious need for the review; they are rather imposing a new financial burden on the states without consulting them.”
It would be recalled that President Buhari, during this year’s World Teachers Day, approved a special salary scale for teachers in the country. He also increased the number of years of service of teachers from 35 to 40.