Delta Govt, NUT At War Over Non Implementation Of Minimum Wage

Delta Govt, NUT At War Over Non Implementation Of  Minimum Wage
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Nosa Eresoyen, Asaba

The drumbeat of war has continued to unsettle Delta State following the lingering face off between the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), and the primary school teachers over non implementation of minimum wage for the primary school teachers by the Delta State Government.

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While the umbrella body of the teachers on Wednesday resumed prayers session with a view to ensuring proper way of addressing the alleged nonchalant attitude of the state governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa towards the minimum wage payment for the primary school teachers, the teachers’ have vowed that they will not relent until the governor pays attention to them and as well pay them their minimum wage.

Recall that angry primary school teachers’ in the state had last month January 2021, threatened to embark on Industrial Strike Action over the alleged ‘I don’t care’ manners of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa towards resolving whatever issues surrounding the delay in the implementation of minimum wage to them as primary school teachers, but were assured that their challenges would be resolved amicably.

It was gathered that the state government had been paying minimum wage of the Secondary School teachers and had allegedly not been bothered about the primary school teachers, a situation the aggrieved teachers described as “absurdity and unfortunate”, insisting that they will fight their cause at all costs.

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Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Delta State Wing on Friday organized a prayer session for God’s intervention into the lingering minimum wage face off between the primary school teachers and the state government

Speaking to our correspondent after the prayer session that was held at the NUT Secretariat in Asaba, Delta State, the leader of the NUT prayer Group and teacher at Oghedere Primary School, Ikuwu Amukpe, Rev Joanah Enudje said that the only way out of the ugly development, was to resort to prayers, adding that, “We believe prayers will touch the heart of our amiable governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa towards resolving this matter.

Prayers are the only efficient way to resolve all human challenges.

The primary school teachers are part of us and will do everything possible to ensure that their minimum wage is paid without more crisis in the state”.Rev Joanah Enudje who quoted a text from the book of exodus 3:7 with the Theme: Our God hears’ said that the Primary School teachers had suffered unduly for several years, noting that it became imperative to take it to God in prayers knowing fully well that there was nothing they could achieve without God.

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He said, “We are praying for God’s intervention into the face off between the primary school teachers and the state government and we have nothing else to do rather than prayers that will touch the heart of our amiable governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa towards resolving the issues raised by  the primary school teachers and we will not relent until the issues are resolved”

Rev Joanah Enudje said that teachers at the secondary schools have been enjoying their minimum wage since 2018, adding that their counterparts in the primary school system were yet to get their own following the Inability of the local government administration to muster the required funds to fully implement it.

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In swift reaction, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu said that the state governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has no business in the implementation of the minimum wage for the primary school teachers, adding that, “Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had severally assisted the primary school teachers and the local government level to ensure that primary school teachers’ salaries are regularly paid among others.

“So everything lies on the local government authorities who may not be forthcoming in its responsibilities to ensure minimum wage payment for primary school teachers”.

Also, the state commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah said that the local government authorities were looking into the issue of minimum wage for the primary school teachers adding that, “We will ensure that the whole thing did not escalate into crisis”

Aljazirahnews


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