Tears In Kogi As Primary School Teachers Receive 20% Salary

Teachers in Kogi state are lamenting and sharing their agony after Mr. Yahaya Bello, the Kogi state Governor paid them 20% for the month of March salary.

This is even as the state government is reported to owe the teachers some months’ salaries.

Mr. Audu, who gave only his first name, speaking to MAWA FOUNDATION, said teachers in the Igalamela local government of the state are in tears as most of them got a payment that is little to nothing.

Audu who lives in Ajaka, the Igalamela local government headquarters, told MAWA many of the teachers owe monies as a result of their none payments of salaries by the state government.

Mr. Ocholi who said he is a teacher in one of the government primary schools at Idah said the teachers received salaries ranging from N4k, N15k and N30k.

He said the highest any teacher received no matter his or her level or grade is N30k.

He wondered why the Kogi state government will put teachers in an unbearable predicament.

He called of the well-meaning Kogi people to intervene in what he described as a calculated attempt to kill public education in the state.

He said many teachers in the state are no longer interested in teaching while few who still love the profession are opting for private schools.

Another primary school teacher who did not want to be mentioned, who said she is entitled to N56k said she got a little above N30K.

She says, she wonders why teachers will be owed for months and pay them 20% salary after many months of suffering.

One of the areas Mr. Bello the state Governor has become very unpopular among the state civil servants is his inability to pay workers salaries.

The state Workers Union had on several occasions, challenged and appealed to the governor to pay workers their salaries and arrears.

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