By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri
The 4th National Vice President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Mr. Anthony Ngiah, yesterday, described as unacceptable the issuance of a bounced cheque to Imo pensioners.
Ngiah spoke in a rally by Imo NUT, held in Owerri, rejecting the inclusion of the management of Primary school education to local government.
According to the Vice President, “It will be recalled that what we are suffering in Imo state, was as a result of handing over our management of primary school education in those old days.
“It is because of this, we are suffering non payment of pension and gratuity to primary school teachers even the secondary school teachers.
“We are singing a song, give us our right we are not asking them for the jumbo allocation they get but our business is to get our own entertainments.
“If you go to the International Conference Center, IICC, you will pity our fathers and mothers who are pensioners, our retirees.
“How can it be justified that someone gives our retirees a bounced cheque. Our old fathers and mothers will go to the bank limping only to be told that this cheque is bounced.”
Speaking also, the Imo state, NUT, Chairman, Mr. Napoleon Aniche, said: ” However, taking a look at the call from historical perspective and juxtaposing it with funding and management of Primary education as well as payment of primary school teachers’ salaries, one doubts the ability and capability of local government councils in the country to shoulder the above responsibilities.”
He also flashback on an unsavory experience of the teachers, between 1990-1994, when he said that teachers were owed salaries for months adding that such should not be allowed to repeat itself.
Members of Imo state Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, protesting, yesterday, in Owerri, against the attempt to include management of primary school education to local government in the country. Photo by Chinonso Alozie.