Governor of Kwara State on Thursday directed the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to commence implementation of the promotion of teachers under it. immediately.
Promotion of teachers, particularly those working in primary schools under SUBEB had been denied promotions for years without any reason given by the government.
Sources told NewsreelDaily that a large of the teachers had been on the queue since 2013 eve after passing their promotion examinations while another section were given promotion letters but not backed up with payments reflecting their new cadre ever since.
The governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr. Muyideen Akorede who made this known in Ilorin said his boss gave the directive during a meeting with officials of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Kwara State Chapter in his office on Wednesday.
Governor Ahmed he said, directed SUBEB chairman to immediately begin the release of letters to the affected workers at the basic education level in the state pointing out that the development was part of efforts to resolve salary crises affecting SUBEB workers in the state.
Akorede added that Governor Ahmed also announced his preparedness to consider a return to the tradition of making SUBEB a first line charge on local government allocations in order to prioritize teachers’ salaries.
Governor Ahmed stressed that this must however be implemented without hampering the capacity of local government councils to pay their workers and pensioners.
The Governor was said to have emphasized that the delayed salaries of basic education teachers and local government workers was due to the drop in federal allocations to the local government councils.
Governor Ahmed informed the labour leaders that he is currently reviewing the cost of paying Junior Secondary school (JSS) teachers with a view to incorporating them into the State Teaching Service Commission.
Governor Ahmed said whatever proportion of the JSS salary obligation is taken over by the state government would result in a reduction of the burden on local government councils and improving their capacity to pay teachers as well as local government workers and pensioners, according to the media aide.
Governor Ahmed emphasised that the only long term solution to the issue of SUBEB teachers and local government workers’ salary arrears is an improvement in Internally Generated Revenue and the Federal Government’s take over of basic education funding.
“Government is working on other strategies to address the teachers’ salary arrears, Governor Ahmed urged the teachers to shelve their proposed strike in the interest of their pupils and students”, he added.