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N50m Deductions: Benue Teachers Drag SUBEB, NUT To Industrial Court

Posted: Jun 29, 2015 at 6:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tor Vande-Acka, Makurdi


About 25,000 teachers in Benue State have sued the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) and the state chapter of the National Union of

Teachers (NUT), for illegally deducting about N50 million from their salaries.

The case was filed at the National Industrial Court on behalf of the teachers from 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 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 deductions were made from the teachers’ salary by the defendants (NUT and

SUBEB) for the purpose of hosting the NUT national chairman without the teachers’ consent.

Daily Independent gathered that at a congress of the NUT last year, members were informed of the decision to make deductions from their salaries to host the NUT national chairman, which they rejected.

However, the state chapter of the NUT and SUBEB went ahead and effected the deductions.

The teachers, therefore, urged the court to cause SUBEB and NUT to refund the money to the affected teachers.

Counsel to the claimants, however, requested for another date as he was busy at the election petitions tribunal.

Presiding justice, Rakia Hastrup, adjourned the case to September 29, 2015 for hearing.