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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Yobe State Council, has frowned over unequal teacher-pupils ratio in primary schools across Yobe, saying its a great challenge to quality education delivery in the state.

The newly elected chairman of the NLC,  Comrade Mukhtar Musa Tarbutu, disclosed yesterday at the event marking the 2019 May Day celebration at August 27 stadium in Damaturu. Tarbutu said the union is aware of government’s effort towards improving dilapidated structures in schools but the challenge of increased enrolment leading to higher teacher to pupils ratio in the state is a bottle neck to quality education.

He also observed that the centralisation of teacher biometric committee formed by government verify and authenticate number of teachers in local government payroll is puting them under hardship that government need to address.

“It’s unfortunate to bring to your notice that narrations from the biometric data captured slips issued to teachers does not considered the outstanding  promotions with teachers which has been lingering for long,  thus the projection might not be realistic,” he said. He commended the state government for doing so much in the areas of health services, road network, water supply, education and social infrastructure. Tarbutu appealed to the government to consider the construction of more houses for civil servants, training of middle-cadre staff for efficiency as well as the implementation of of 30% to pensioners who retired before 2011.

On the N30,000 minimum wage, the NLC expressed optimism that Yobe workers would be the first to enjoy the new wage without any condition. On his part, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, represented by Permanent Secretary, Establishment, Mohammed Fawa appreciated the leadership of NLC, saying that the government, workers and people of the state are proud of successes recorded under the current administration. “May I, therefore, appeal to the workers to extend this good working relationship  with the incoming administration.

“Taken into cognizance the pivotal role which the Yobe state workforce has been in the pursuance of our developmental goals and our administration has also maintained its focus and given workers their dues and improving their general welfare”, he said.



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