Teachers under the aegis of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), have threatened to down tools over issues relating to their welfare, while issuing the federal government, a two -week ultimatum.
Speaking in Abuja, yesterday, at the occasion of the World Teachers Day with the theme, “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status, the National President NUT, Comrade Michael Olukoya lamented the treatment given to teachers in the country.
He said that Nigerian teachers were denied their rightful status and pride of place in society and remained the least regarded professionals continued to suffer societal disdain, neglect and degradation.
He said: “We must sit down, assess the situation, celebrate ourselves despite the fact that we are being maligned and oppressed from here and there. It is not Uhuru, freedom is still very far from the realm of teaching.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives yesterday advocated for improved welfare package for teachers across the country.
The lawmakers who decried condition of teachers, called on government to improve their salary structure as well as build their capacity.
Speaking on the day, Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku said Nigeria would be a better place if the welfare of teachers was improved upon.
“If only Nigeria will improve the welfare of teachers, Nigeria will be a better place. Our educational infrastructure is decaying; let’s work to improve the welfare as we mark the World Teachers Day”.
Similarly, Hon. Stella Ngwu asked that the teachers be taken seriously as education is the bedrock of the economy.
“No teacher, no nation. Education is the bedrock of the economy. No teacher, no economy. For us to develop as a nation we must invest in the teachers, they can’t give what they don’t have.”
Oluwole Oke, said in the bid to improve the teachers’ welfare, certain bills and motions should be passed.
By Winifred Ogbebo, Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel and Adebiyi Adedapo, Abuja