Taraba NUT kicks against Local Government autonomy

By Ikenga Chronicles November 29, 2017

Taraba NUT kicks against Local Government autonomy

 –Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo

The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Taraba State Chapter yesterday stormed the Taraba State House of Assembly to protest the proposed local government autonomy in the ongoing constitution amendment.

The NUT State Chairman Comrade Peter Julius who  led a rally of teachers to the state House of Assembly said the union’s position is that management, funding and payment of primary school teachers salaries should remain with the state or the federal government.

“We want management, funding and payment of primary school teachers salaries in the state to remain with the state government if autonomy is to be granted to local government in the country.

“And as a second option, salaries of primary school teachers should be drawn through first line charge from the federation account,” he said.

He noted that the call by the union for payment of salaries of primary school teachers to be managed by the state government or the federal government was to stop the education subsector from deteriorating.

“The truth remains that the state  government have the obligation to safeguard the right of every child to enjoy basic education and as such would not continue to depend on local government councils for payment of salaries to primary school teachers, who at present lacks the where withal to manage eduction sector” he stressed.

Responding, the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Abel Peter Diah said the House would not compromised to mortgage the future of the state.

Diah said that the future of the state depends on the quality of education for the school children now and the House would not be part of anything that would compromise their education for any reason whatsoever.

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