By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Nigeria Union Of Teachers (NUT) has expressed sadness over the delay in the implementation of the N30,000 national minimum wage to primary school teachers in Delta State.
NUT also expressed more sadness over the non-release of 2021 promotion, continued stagnation of university graduate teachers in the state primary school system on SGL14, Vandalization of the three (3) petrol stations built by DSTSSIS, and the non-inclusion of NUT in the governing councils of Delta State University, the two colleges of education in the state,
Nigeria Union of Teachers expressed this sadness on Monday 19th July 2021 in Warri Delta State, during the 7th quadrennial 8th state Delegates conference.
Speaking on behalf of the teachers, the chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Delta State Wing, Comrade Okotie Titus expressed sadness during his opening speech.
He said, “the continued delay in the payment of the thirty thousand Naira ( N30,000) national minimum wage to primary school teachers has become most worrisome to the state wing of NUT.
“The union has almost exhausted all legitimate avenues of dialogue. This is another challenge. May I use this medium to call on the state government to urgently set necessary machineries in motion towards resolving this issue in the interest of industrial harmony and mutual relationship which exists between the NUT and the senator Dr. Okowa-led administration.
“The 2021 promotion of eligible teachers in both primary and secondary School has not been released. The SUBBED and PPED should expedite actions in this regard, considering the 2024 Memorandum of understanding that promotion shall be easier as at when due to avoid accmulation of arrears.
“Continued stagnation of University graduate teachers in our primary school system on SGL 14 has posed a major challenge to the state wing of the NUT. The NUT will soon communicate the state government on our next line of action in this regard. This is mainly to save our primary school system from collapse.
“It is a deep sense of regret that I annouce to this Quadrennial Delegates conference-in-session that the three filling stations built by DSTSSIS at Adeji, Oleh and Agbor have been totally vandalized by unknown men.
“The most recent is the total removal of the roof of Agbor filling Station. This has caused a serious setback on these huge investments of the Union.SWEC in one of it’s meetings last year approved the sale of the filling stations. “Unfortunately, we have not been able to get buyers until this recent incident.”
Meanwhile, the incumbent Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Delta State Wing, Comrade Titus Okotie has been reelected for a second term in office following his landslide victory at the just conclusion of the election which climaxed the state delegate conference of the union.
Comrade Okotie secured 609 votes of the total votes cast of 614,to defeat his only rival, Comrade Goodluck Ejizere, who polled a partry five votes, in what could be described as an overwhelming endorsement of the entire teachers in Delta State.
AUTHENTIC NEWS DAILY gathered that while Comrade Okotie is a secondary school teacher from Delta Central, Comrade Ejizere is said to be a primary school teacher in Delta South Senatorial district of the state.
The chief Returning Officer of the election, Comrade Adamu Ango, who proclaimed Comrade Okotie winner, commended the delegates for their mature and orderly conduct throughout the entire process.
In his post-election speech, elated Comrade Okotie expressed gratitude to teachers in Delta State for believing in his leadership and reassured that his administration will not betray the confidence reposed on the team, as he promised greater welfare for teachers in the years ahead.