The Nigeria Union of Teachers on Thursday called on Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue to pay the six months salary arrears owned primary school teachers.
The union made the call in a statement signed by Mr Michael Olukoya and Mr Obong Obong, President and Secretary General of the union respectively.
The statement recalled that primary school teachers in the state embarked on indefinite strike since Oct. 2013 to press for the payment of their new minimum wage.
It stated that since the strike began, “the Government of Benue has not shown any concern.”
NUT reminded the governor that he was elected to better the lot of the citizenry and not to add to their problems.
The statement said that non-payment of the arrears had made the children of the poor; largely pupils of public primary schools, to remain out of school for over six months.
According to the statement, the problem is capable of bringing concomitant negative impact on the innocent pupils of the state in future.
It condemned the abduction of over 100 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Sect.
“The abduction of these innocent female students is inhuman, callous, uncivilised and anti-educational, capable of dragging the country backward educationally.”
The union called on the Federal Government and all the security agencies to take appropriate measures to contain the excesses of the insurgents. (NAN)