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Benue Teachers Sue SUBEB, NUT Over Deductions From Salary

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 4:07 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tor Vande-Acka

 Correspondent, Makurdi


About 25,000 teachers in Benue State have dragged the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the state chapter of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to the National Industrial Court (NIC) for allegedly deducting about N50 million from their salaries illegally .

The case was filed on behalf of the teachers from all the 23  local government areas of the state by Tor Orseer Adembe, Akile Sonnen, Hir Daniel Mlu, Ugbah Dooshima, and Ieren Justine.

They claimed that the arbitrary and illegal deductions of N2,000 were made  from the salaries of each of the 25,000 teachers in the  month of September  2014 to host the NUT national chairman.

Counsel to the teachers, Douglas Pepe, explained  that the said deductions were made from the teachers’ salary by the defendants (NUT and  SUBEB) for the purpose of hosting the NUT national chairman without the consent of the teachers.

Daily Independent gathered that at a congress of the NUT  last year, members were communicated on the decision to deduct their salaries  to host the NUT national chairman, which they rejected.

However, despite the rejection, the state NUT and SUBEB went ahead and effected the deductions.

The teachers therefore prayed the court to cause SUBEB and NUT to refund the money back to the affected teachers.

Counsel to the claimants however requested for another date as he was busy at the elections petition tribunal.

Justice Rakia Hastrup adjourned the case to September 29.