The Anambra State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has raised the alarm over N56 million unpaid check-off dues owed to the union from the primary school sector.
The N56 million was allegedly denied the union by past administration due to its involvement in the national minimum wage struggle of 2012.
Disclosing this at the Teachers’ House in Awka on Tuesday, state chairman of NUT in Anambra, Comrade Ifeanyi Ofodile, told journalists that the amount was purportedly seized by the government in 2012 and that all attempts to recover the money proved abortive.
According to the comrade, this made the social welfare scheme put together by teachers to suffer when government refused to pay salaries.He appealed to Governor Willie Obiano to intervene in the matter to enable the union recover the money.
He said the state governor has invested so much in teachers following the recent promotion of level 16 officers, who according to him, were hitherto denied promotion for about 10 years, adding that it was the first time the number of promoted teachers was reasonable.
The NUT bass also recalled that in 2015, about 1,450 teachers applied for promotion but stated that only about 57 persons were penciled down for promotion from the post-primacy school sector. He pointed out that they were grateful to the governor for promoting more teachers.