The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has demanded that the country’s budget immediately include a professional compensation structure for teachers.
As stated by Comrade Audu Amba, the union’s national president, during Monday’s 6th Annual Solemn Assembly in Abuja, the pay structure was supposed to have been put into effect since 2023.
Former President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly authorized a special compensation scale for Nigerian teachers in observance of World Teachers Day on October 5, 2020, as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria.
With Buhari’s support, the number of years a teacher can serve was raised from 35 to 40, and the retirement age was raised from 60 to 65.
According to Amba, elementary and secondary school teachers will be subject to a new salary scale that includes a rural posting allowance, a scientific teachers’ allowance, and a distinctive allowance, among other benefits.
Among his other pledges, he said, were the construction of affordable homes for rural educators and the financing of a refresher course once a year to compare and contrast effective methods of instruction.
He expressed disappointment that the professional salary structure for teachers and other approvals given by the previous president had not yet been put into effect and he urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to do the same.
The NUT has called a solemn assembly, according to Amba, so that they can place their union’s operations in God’s hands. They have also felt compelled to invite respected clergymen and imams to lead them in prayer.