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Edo NUT , ALGON On War Path Over Removal Of LTG, Annual Increment

Posted: Feb 14, 2016 at 8:04 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Francis Onoiribholo

Benin Bureau Chief

The Edo wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) are on war path over the removal of the Leave Transport Grants (LTG) and annual increment from salaries of primary school teachers.

The NUT who described the action as unlawful, however vowed to resist any attempt to deprive them of their lawful earnings.

The NUT resentment was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of its emergency meeting in Benin at the weekend.

The communiqué which was signed by the state chairman of the NUT, Mr Mike Uhunmwangho and the Secretary Akin Adeojo and was made available to journalists on Sunday also alleged that the removal was a conspiracy between the ALGON and the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

The union noted that the action was presently delaying the payment of January salaries to primary school teachers in the state.

According to the Communiqué: “The ministry of local government unlawfully wrote to the Managing Director of Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) to adjust forthwith the payroll of primary school teachers by removing the LTG.

The NUT was not involved in or consulted in respect of any decision to expunge lawful items from the salary payroll of teachers.”

As a result, the NUT gave a February 19 deadline for the payment of “Complete Salaries” as already prepared by the ICTA , to all primary school teachers in the state.

 It also demanded the withdrawal of the correspondence written by the ministry of local government to the Managing Director of ICTA.

Lastly, the NUT said printouts for February 2016 and subsequent months should contain LTG and annual increment as has been the case in the past.

The teachers noted that fulfillment of the above demands was the only way industrial peace could be guaranteed in the state.

Meanwhile, the ALGON has said the LTG and annual increment have not been removed from the salaries of primary school teachers but only suspended in the face of dwindling allocation from the federal revenue.

The state ALGON boss, Mrs Itohan Osahon-Ogbeid, said the suspension was the only way to guarantee the regular payment of salaries to primary school teachers in Edo.

“The revenue accruing to the state and local government  from the federal allocation had dropped  drastically, as a result what is gotten by the councils is not even enough to pay teachers salaries as many councils in the state are on minus.

In order not to owe any particular local government teachers since they are all paid in bulk, we decided that the LTG and the annual incremental should be withheld forthwith pending when the allocation improves then the arrears will be cleared.

It is not a decision to stop them from earning their lawful salaries but we are only saying it should be suspended to give some breathing space and enable all councils to pay instead of few paying teachers salaries.

It will interest you to know that it is not only that of teachers that are being suspended, but other council workers as well.

Our appeal to the teachers is for them to be patient. If we have been fair enough to pay them all their salaries and allowances up to date, now that things are not okay, they should equally bear with us.

We mean well but the constraint arising from the low allocation cannot accommodate all the allowances for now, definitely whatever they are being owed will be paid as things normalise”.