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Benue teachers sue SUBEB, NUT over N50 Million deduction

Written By Idoma Television on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 11:56:00 AM

Teachers in Benue State have taken the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) and state chapter of the National Teachers Union (NUT) to the National Industrial Court over what they called arbitrary and illegal deduction of N50 million from their salaries.
The teachers prayed the court to ask the defendants to refund the deducted money back to their respective accounts.

In a suit filed by Tor Orseer Adembe, Akile Sonnen, Hir Daniel Mlu, Ugbah Dooshima, and Ieren Justine on behalf of the 25,000 teachers in all 23 local government areas of the state, the teachers said the deductions were without their consent.
They alleged that the deductions were made from their salaries by SUBEB based on advice by the NUT for the purpose of hosting national chairman of the NUT.

The court heard that the NUT, in October last year convened a general congress where the decision to make the said deduction was communicated to the teachers who rejected the idea.
Counsel to the teachers, Barr. Douglas Pepe, also told the court in the suit he filed for the appellants that while the suggestion was rejected, the SUBEB and the NUT went ahead and effected the deduction.

When the case came up yesterday at the court in Makurdi, one of the defendants (NUT) claimed that they were yet to be served the summon, while counsel to the teachers asked for another date because he was busy at the elections petition tribunal.
Justice Rakia Haastrup adjourned the matter to September 29 for definite hearing.
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