As the world Celebrates World Teachers Day, the teachers in Lantang Local Government of Plateau State have raised alarm over the non-payment of their salaries by Simon Bako Lalong running into 3 and 6 months.
The teachers made a passionate appeal to Governor Lalong, to come to their aid and pay the arrears of salaries owning the teachers in the state, as it’s telling negatively on them and their dependant families.
They raised the alarm during the celebration of this year 2022, World Teachers Day, themed “The Transformation of Education Start With Teachers “, held at Rwang Pam Township Stadium, in Jos, Plateau State.
In his speech, the Chairman National Union of Teachers (NUT), Plateau State Chapter, Comrade Kafas Yilnanpak said the teachers in Plateau State are no longer finding things easy largely due to the economic crunch bedeviled by the Buhari-led APC administration.
Kafas added that the take-home of teachers, can no longer take them home describing the condition of the teachers in the state as pathetic when the lalong government could no longer sustain the payment of the ministry’s salaries running into months now.
He further decried the situation of Lantang North LG stating that “teachers in the local council have not been paid for over -6 months due to the freezing of the local government account as a result of Governor Lalong’s flagrant disobedient to the court order to restate the embattled chairman of the local government Hon. Ubandoma Joshua Laven who was unconstitutionally removed from office through illegal means.”
They appealed to the government to Wade into the crisis that led to the stoppage of payment of salaries by the affected Local Government to avoid any further catastrophe.
The chairman, however, salutes the teachers in the state and in Nigeria as a nation for their selfless service to humanity, encouraging them to continue with their humanitarian service as their efforts will not go unrewarded.
Comrade Kafas, however, commended Governor Lalong for the provision of infrastructure, instructional materials, renovation of hitherto dilapidated schools in the state, and many other development projects in the educational sector of the state during his tenure.
Governor Lalong represented by the Commissioner for Higher Education, Elizabeth Wapmuk said “the government has not failed to pay her teachers as at when due, as it’s been speculated in some quarters by some people who stocked in trade of mischief and blackmail.”
She stressed that Governor Lalong’s administration has been up to date in the payment of workers in the state, as the welfare of the state workers has been the top priority in his programs.
Governor Lalong commended the teachers whom he described as Noble and their names will forever go down well in the annals of history.
He charged them to continue putting their best to ensure our children get the best training and knowledge they deserve for the development of plateau state and Nigeria at large.