Governor of Anambra, Chief Willie Obiano has been lauded by the Anambra State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), for his administration’s role in improving the welfare of teachers in the state, in spite of the negative consequences the novel coronavirus pandemic ushered into the country.
According to Mrs. Chibueze Nonye, the State chairman of the Union who addressed the members at the NUT Conference hall Awka, to mark this year 2020 World Teachers Day, with the Theme; Teachers: leading In Crisis: Reimagining The Future; she stated that the largesse extended to the teachers by the present administration in the state had helped to entrench quality service delivery.
She further explained that the prompt payment of salaries, promotion of teachers, regular release of the Union statutory checks off dues, employment of more women into the teaching profession, and the extension of the service years of teachers 1 Primary and secondary schools from 60-65years are part of the development that had endeared Anambra teachers to the Obiano administration.
On the flip side, she bemoaned that in spite of the upgraded welfare package, the state NUT was still facing certain trials, including lack of infrastructure and adequate manpower in public schools, non-payment of primary schools teachers who benefited from the extension of service years, non-payment of promotion arrears in primary school from 2014 till date, blocking possible means of interacting with the state government except during campaign low-key celebration and the non-involvement of NUT in all matters concerning teachers in the state especially during this year latest challenge of COVID-19.
On his part, Comrade Sam Egwu, the State Ag. Secretary of the Union who spoke briefly upheld that the continued repudiation of the NUT statutory right of participating in the government scheme of things was unacceptable.