Primary school teachers in Ogun State have asked the state government and the federal government to take over the payment of their salaries under the proposed autonomy for local government.
Scores of the teachers under the auspice of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) made the demand during a protest march to the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan to present their case to Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
The state NUT chairman, Mr Titi Adebanjo who led the protest from the union’s secretariat at Kuto, said they are not opposed to the proposed local government autonomy, but want their salaries be taken away from the council.
At the moment, the state government deducts the teachers salaries from the councils’ statutory allocation and pays the teachers.
The union warned that continued placement of teachers salaries under the local governments in the proposed local government autonomy will lead to the collapse of primary education.
Presenting a copy of their petition to the governor and the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, Adebanjo said the protest followed the directive from the union’s national body.
Receiving the letter, the governor said that he will not support any local government autonomy that will starve the councils of necessary funds for the payment of salaries.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi promised to table their request at the meeting of constitution amendment.
Adekunbi remarked that primary education remained the bedrock of every educational development, promising that the State House of Assembly would consider the remuneration and other welfare of the teachers when it is the turn of the State Houses of Assembly to contribute to the constitutional review.