It is so worrisome to know that states government are owing teachers. Out of the 36 states and the FCT, 19 states are heavily owing teachers’ salaries and gratuity for several months; some more than 15 months about 28 states are paying teachers’ salaries in percentages. Some of the states still owing teachers’ salaries are; Ogun, Imo, Oyo, Abia, Kogi, Benue, Zamfara, Taraba, Plateau, Osun, Bayelsa etc.
Surprisingly some of these states for instance Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Imo, Delta, Kano, Rivers etc collected N10 billion Paris Club fund each, which aim was to support the payment of salaries and arrears, yet it is difficult for them to pay teachers their merger salaries even as some the states have refused to implement the approved Teachers Salary Scheme (TSS).
Achieving the SDGs4 is premised on the foundation we build for our children and the teachers comes prominent in achieving and sustaining these goals and other developmental agenda for us to have sustainable development and economic growth in Nigeria, governments at all levels should make education a priority.
We need to rise up and challenge states to take education as a priority by creating the enabling environment for quality teaching and learning. Teachers should be adequately provided for through; training and retraining, creating incentives, prompt payment of salaries and benefits.
Education for all is the responsibility of All and giving our children quality education is a human right