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Pay our 12 Months Allowances, Teachers Beg Jonathan

Posted: May 11, 2015 at 8:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Laide Raheem Abeokuta


Around 360 teachers participating in the Federal Teachers’ Scheme (FTS), Ogun State chapter, have sent an ‘S.O.S’ message to President Goodluck Jonathan to prevail on the handlers of the scheme to pay their outstanding allowances running into 12 months now.

The FTS participants for year 2013 – 2015 batch said  their decision to send S.O.S message to the President as well as members of the general public was to let the public know about the poor working conditions the handlers of the programme have subjected the participants to since mid-2014.

In a statement issued and signed by the Coordinator and Secretary of the programme in Ogun state, Tolani Lawal and Ubong Samuel respectively, the federal teachers lamented that government is owing participants in the scheme over 11 months stipends.

FTS, an initiative of the federal Government under the umbrella of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC/SUBEB) was designed to address the shortfall in teaching manpower in public primary and secondary schools in all the states of the federation.

The programme was designed to enable each of the benefiting states of the federation absorb the participants and incorporate them into their Education Boards at the end of their two years service to the nation.

In the statement, however, participating teachers said “it is disheartening that the federal government, who recruited us into the scheme has refused to pay the N18, 000 monthly allowance despite the meritorious services we are rendering.

“It is in this light that we, participants of the Federal Teachers’ Scheme 2013/2015 Set, appeal to the Federal Government of Nigeria under the umbrella of UBEC/SUBEB on behalf of the concerned states to pay the 11 months stipends.

“Our last payment was in the mid 2014 and no payment has been made up till date. We have been suffering for the past 10 months, trekking to school, teaching with empty stomach and even turned ourselves to ‘corporate beggars”.

The teachers, appealed to President Jonathan to direct relevant federal government agency to pay their allowances “in order that we may not die of hunger”.