BY AMUDA DAN SULAIMAN FAB
Teachers under the aegis of Basic Education Staff Association of Nigeria (BESAN), in Kogi State have appealed to
President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in their present predicament over unpaid salaries and allowance by the State government.
The teachers made the appeal while protesting what they described as maltreatment of the highest order which has culminated in both physical, mental and emotional trauma, occasioned by their aggravating condition of service in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.
The protesting teachers gathered at the NUT, Teachers House in their numbers, carrying placards with different inscriptions in their hand to press home there demand.
Addressing reporters, the Chairman of the BESAN in Kogi State, Comrade Ohino D. David pointed out some alleged atrocities the state government had committed to divert their allowances and also underpay them.
Comrade David said; “The predicament of Basic Education Staff worsens as we have continually relegated to the background and treated as minors or second class citizens among the committees of civil servants in the state.
“My fellow colleagues, it is no longer news that the basic education sector of Kogi State have been faced with the lingering problems which demands urgent attention. They are;
1. None payment of six years arrears of leave allowances.
2. None implementation of six years promotions and annual steps
3. None payment of December 2014 salaries to entire staff of Basic Education sector of Kogi State, among others.
He stated that; “In conjunction with the directive of the NLC, TUC and JNC, the Basic Education staff are hereby directed to comply forthwith.
“Nonetheless, I am emphatically declaring here that the Basic Education staff will continue to down tool until all our demands are met.
“I wish to commend the entire teachers for our patience and perseverance.”