The Federal Government has told teachers that they will start enjoying the new salary structure promised President Muhammadu Buhari promised them from January 2022.
The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at a symposium organised by the Ministry.
The symposium was organised as part of activities to mark the forthcoming 2021 World Teachers Day with the theme ‘Teachers at the heart of education recovery.’
Represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono, the minister noted that finishing touches were being put on the enhanced salary structure.
He also revealed that finishing touches were as well being put on other incentives promised by the President during the 2020 World Teachers’ Day.
According to him, the other incentives ranged from allowances, housing, training, to elongation of service year from 35 to 40.
Echono said, “The President has approved the enhanced salary structure and we will finish it very soon.
“The President specifically approved that it should take effect from 2022.
We are doing all to finish it to ensure that by January 2022, teachers should get the remuneration they deserve.
“We are fast tracking the process of implementation to see that by the end of year we will be able to tell Mr President that all the incentives he has approved are ready for implementation.”
He added, “The President has taken the lead by approving a far reaching and revitalising programme for the teaching profession in this country and there are many soft incentives in that.
“All that is required is for other actors down the line like state governors, the National Assembly and others to key into this initiative and ensure that the implementation is seamless.
“For instance, we are tired of hearing how long teachers are being owed salaries in states.
“It is criminal. So, with the new initiative, we have incentives to attract the best brains and retain them in the teaching profession. All welfare issues including housing, training and retraining, enhanced remuneration, allowances are being taken care of.”
The minister praised Nigerian teachers for the sacrifice in spite of the many challenges faced in the course of their duties.
He encouraged them to refresh themselves to fit into the new normal provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic by being more technology savvy.
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