TEACHERS in Osun State may have difficult time as the year runs to an end due to the inability of the PDP-led administration to pay their two months’ salary for the months of November and December.
According to investigations conducted by OSUN DEFENDER, despite the support enjoyed by the embattled governor from the teachers, the state helmsman was accused of not blinking on eye to the plight of the teachers, whose only means is their monthly salary from the government.
The State chairman of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Alhaji Saka Adesiyan at a function recently urged teachers to show professionalism, which according to a member of the body, exposed the weakness of its leadership, which he added had failed at different times to champion the cause of its members.
A teacher in Osogbo, who preferred anonymity, disclosed that it is very unfortunate for the government to have held the teachers to ransom, especially during the festive period, adding that both Muslims and Christians have fallen victims of government inability to pay their salaries.
Another teacher in Ilesa flayed the government’s inability to pay their monthly salaries for two months running, despite the monthly deduction from the local government council allocation. Investigations revealed that though the government had set a machinery in place to effect payment of the salaries, feelers from the state secretariat had it that teachers may not get paid until next year.
Speaking on the issue, a retired school principal, Elder Depo Ajayi disclosed that the state government had no good vision for education, adding that providing structure is not all it takes to provide qualitative education for the future generations.
He added that to plan a qualitative education, the teachers need to be motivated adequately, stating further that government needs to be focused and channel the state resources to only important projects.
Pa Ajayi decried the system of placing emphasis on politicians to the detriment of the nation builders, saying the PDP-led administration has no excuse not to pay the teachers’ salaries for two consecutive months.
By SHINA ABUBAKAR