BY Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa— Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in Bayelsa State has called on Governor Timipre Sylva to commence the implementation of the N18,000 new minimum wage.
Speaking on the occasion of this year World Teachers Day, state NUT chairman, Alabo Christopher Erewari called on the state government to also pay arrears owed primary and basic junior secondary school teachers.
Erewari, who taught the Governor at the Government Secondary School, Twon Brass in class 2 and 3, said he knew the Governor would fulfill his promise to implement the new minimum wage.
He said: “The local government chairmen in the state have disappointed us by initially offering our members old salaries. But thank God for the timely intervention of the Governor. We are hopeful that the N18,000 new minimum wage would be paid soon.
“The Governor was my student and when he says something, he does it. He was a stubborn student then.”
Erewari listed some challenges facing the union to include vehicles, access road to the Teachers’ House, non-payment of promotion and annual increment arrears.
Governor Sylva, while addressing the teachers, announced a donation of N500,000 to teachers in each of the eight local government areas of the state that participated in the march past.
He also announced the approval of two official cars for the state NUT, adding that the vehicles will be delivered to the secretariat of the NUT by next week.
The Governor also directed the Ministry of Works and Transport to immediately commence work on the short stretch of road leading to the Teachers’ House in Yenizue-Gene.