By Henry Umoru
ABUJA â€” Taking the advantage of the visit of the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Chief Chuka Odom, to the Bwari Area Council, teachers in the area yesterday took to the street, protesting non-payment of salary and monetisation benefits to teachers at the Local Education Authorities (LEAs).
However, Odom who was on oversight function to the area council where he flagged off the “Special environmental health awareness campaign” shunned the protesters, as he did not spare a minute to find out the cause of their grouse.
Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved teachers, Bello Ismaila Musa said: â€œWe are being owed 32 months house rent, 36 months monetisation and 40 per cent transport allowance, while salary has been delayed for three weeks now.â€
Musa who said the FCT aAdministration had failed to address their demands, however, expressed concern over the attitude of the FCT Minister of State towards the plight of the teachers, noting that he (Odom) chaired the negotiation session with the aggrieved teachers.
In his response, the Area Council Chairman, Isa Dara who blamed the Federal Government for the delay in the payment of the teachersâ€™ salary, saying: â€œThis is FCTâ€™s problem and I know vividly that we held a meeting with the leadership of the association in respect of their demands.
The Minister has promised to handle the situation and take step. We have provided water, electricity and asphalt roads for them, so we cannot provide everything for them at the same time.â€