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World Teachers Day: FG appeals to states to pay teachers
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By Prince Okedinachi
October 3, 2017 13:43:15pm GMT      |      Views: 326

WorldStage Newsonline-- The Federal Government of Nigeria on Tuesday appealed to the state governments who are owing teachers to pay them, saying, despite their contributions to the society and nation building, they had continued to be neglected.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu who made the appeal at a briefing in Abuja to mark this year’s World Teachers Day said the Federal Government had directed state governors to use the bailout it released twice to them to settle salaries including that of teachers.

 “I think it is very necessary that we pay our teachers right here on earth and celebrating this day just underscores the issues and their basic needs,” he said.

“Teachers deserve to be appreciated for their great role in nation building.

 “The federal government has given out largest bailout twice to the states to settle salaries. We are doing the best we can.”

In his remarks, National President, Nigeria Union Teachers, Michael Alogba-Olukoya said there was the need for teachers to be treated well in the society.

Represented by Acting Secretary General of the union Dr. Mike Ikeme, he commended the teachers for their dedication and resilience in carrying out their professional tasks, saying, “The annual observance of this important day has helped reawaken the consciousness of nations and citizenry to the important role of teachers and the need for teachers to be accorded a status commensurate with the role they play in society.

 “I salute them for their passion in their chosen profession and their sacrifice and courage in keeping the flag flying despite obvious odds against their calling.

“I urge them to continue to be patriotic and contribute their best to the growth and development of our dear nation.” 

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