Frontage of Nasarawa State House of Assembly.
By Shonaye Prince, Lafia
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has ordered the state government to pay the 496 newly employed secondary school teachers their three months salary within 2-weeks.
The House said that this will motivate the teachers, give them sense of belonging and enhance the standard of education for the good of children’s future in the State.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi gave the directive when five senior government officials appeared before the House on Monday.
The State Commissioners of Finance Daniel Agyeno and that of Education Fati J. Sabo, Head of Civil Service Abari N Aboki, the State Accountant General ( AG) Zaka Yakubu and Director Salary Bureau, Sule Dahir were those who appeared before the House.
The Speaker said that payment of salary at when due would improve teachers standard of living would as well improve the standard of education in the state.
”Our decision to invite you today is because we are not happy. Over 400 numbers of teachers were employed, documented and posted to schools.
”Our expectations as House Members is that those teachers employed should receive their salary at the end of the month.
”But sad enough, they were not paid after three months of their employment, how do you expect such persons to survive.
”Our concern is to ensure that those teachers are paid. As House Members we will not accept it because teachers non payment will certainly have a negative effect on our children” he said.
“As representative of our people we will make sure the right things are done appropriately, we can not allowed things to go wrong under our watch “He said.
The Right Honorable Speaker instructed the Head of Service and all those involved with the responsibility of the payment the newly employed teachers to do that within the limit of two weeks starting from today Monday.
”We are given you starting from now to before the end of the next week’s working hours to make sure teachers salaries were paid” he said.
Earlier, Mr Nicholas Abari Aboki, the Head of Service who confirmed the employment of 496 teachers assured of writing a Memo to Gov Abdullahi Sule for approval of the payment of teachers salaries within the stipulated period.