By Mike Adeyemi
The Chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Kwara State chapter, Comrade Olu Adewara has said the proposed staff audit by the state government lacks merit.
He bemoaned the fact that the state government wants to make the exercise precondition for the implantation of the new minimum wage.
In an interview with this medium on Friday, the NUT chairman said, “the position of the Kwara State Government to audit workers in the state before implementing the new minimum wage lacks merit.
“Staff auditing has nothing to do with minimum wage. We have had series of staff auditing before now and if truly that is the yardstick, then they should lay their hands on the previous statistical data.
“I think the state government wants to use that excuse to buy time. They should not buy time in the disguise of auditing civil servants in the state, a process which may span over three to four month.
“There is no merit in placing the workers in the state on the condition of staff auditing before full implementation of the new minimum wage. The government shouldn’t marry the need for staff auditing with minimum wage, “Adewara stressed.
He threatened that ‘Kwara Teachers will be the first to join the proposed industrial strike if government fails to pay the new minimum wage.
“Kwara NUT is fully in support of the labour union’s ultimatum issued to the Kwara State Government. Teachers in the state are ready to join the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on the struggle.
He lauded the Federal Government for coming up with the new teachers’ salary scale.
“The new salary scale as announced by the Federal Government is a welcome development. That is what we have been agitating for all this while.
“We have been agitating for Teachers Special Salary Structure (TSS), but what we had instead was Teachers Special Allowance (TSA). We hope each state will start its implementation immediately and the Federal Government should monitor its implementation.”Adewara, however, applauded the Kwara State Government for prompt payment of teachers’ salary, appealing for better welfare packages.
“By Civil Service arrangements, one is expected to move from one step to other. But in the case of Kwara SUBEB, it has been stampeded.
“They have been on the same spot since 2010. No promotion, no incremental step. How do we match this with renovation of schools, when agents of education are not made happy.
“We appreciate the current government for paying off last administration’s debt. They also did well when the state faced the embarrassment over examination malpractices as alleged by the WAEC.
“But, we are calling on the government that aside these, we want to be given attention like other parastatals that we were in the same shoes and have been treated well, ” he noted.
By Mike Adeyemi