By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), in Enugu State has appealed to the State Government to pay the gratuities of its retired primary and post-primary school teachers.
Chairman of NUT in the state, Mr Paul Nnaji, told Blackface News in Enugu on Friday that teachers’ pension should also be paid regularly.
Nnaji commended the government for the prompt payment of teachers’ salaries in the state adding that retired teachers should not be neglected after putting in many years of service.
“May we bring to the notice of the state government and our dear Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi that the last time gratuity was paid to primary school teachers in the state was in 2002, while that of secondary school teachers was 2009.
“It must also be mentioned that the pension is not paid regularly, especially as it concerns retired primary school teachers who may have to stay for some months without pension after retirement.
“In most cases, payment is alternated between months when other public servants may have been paid their salaries”, he said.
He said Rivers had taken over the payment of salaries of primary school teachers as a permanent solution to the problem.
Nnaji said the state could avert the current migration of young teachers to other professions by ensuring a sound in-service and retirement welfare package was delivered promptly.
“The emolument and welfare package of teachers must be assured to attract and retain hard working and young teachers’’, he said