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GOODNEWS! We will pay teachers’ salaries up to date – Benue Govt. assures

Written By Idoma Television on Saturday, April 16, 2016 | 12:38:00 AM

The Executive Chairman, Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Philip Tachin has promised better days ahead for teachers in the state, saying the government plans to pay all outstanding salaries owed teachers in the state.

Speaking to newsmen during an interview, Dr Tachin also promised that all outstanding teachers promotions will be effected. 

” We will pay salaries up to date. As soon as money comes to us from the Bureau for Local Government, we will pay. We have trained the Internet people, the ICT people and the salary staff also. We are set, as soon as we start payment, all the teachers will be paid at the same time.
” We will implement the promotions. If we announce the promotions now, we will be setting the cart before the horse. When we are set, we will do it.” He promised.

When asked if the state will be able to run free primary education as enshrined in the manifesto of the ruling All Progressive Congress party, he said, ” It is in the APC manifesto to run free primary education. Government does not intend to charge school fees. Even the feeding aspect, we have it in the plan that with time, we will mobilize communities to promote the free feeding policy. Government has no plan to introduce fees.”

Dr Tachin added that the state government through the efforts of the Governor, Samuel Ortom, approved the release of N3.8 billion as counterpart fund for the provision of structures and facilities that will benefit 700 schools across the State, promising that the funds will be used judiciously.

” It will involve renovation, construction and provision of facilities. That is why the state government is providing N3.8 billion, UBEC is to provide the other N3.8 billion. No one is going to manipulate the funds and projects.”

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