Abia NUT lauds Gov Orji over TSS

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Abia State, at the weekend, expressed their happiness with Governor Theodore Orji over his implementation of the agreement with them, concerning the enhanced Teachers’ Salary Scale, TSS.

In his address, read by the union secretary, Comrade Blackman Ubani, the state Chairman of the NUT, Comrade Akparanta Chizobem, thanked the governor for fulfilling his promises, as primary school teachers in the state have started enjoying salaries based on the TSS scale, which was suspended from their salaries eight years ago, and for his pronouncement that teachers are not directors who should retire after eight years on the seat.

The union used the opportunity to pledge their support for the governor’s senatorial bid in the forthcoming election.

He, however, pleaded with the governor to direct the appropriate government authorities to document it for implementation, so that incoming governments would not reverse it. He also pledged total support and votes for the peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming election.

Responding, Governor Orji said his administration had, to a large extent, ensured that teachers in the state are happy through the implementation of friendly policies that enhanced their welfare.

Governor Orji, who was receiving the executive of the NUT, which paid him a ‘thank you’ visit at the Government House, Umuahia, said that apart from promoting teachers in the state to the next salary grade level on assumption of office, “it is only in Abia State that teachers are promoted to grade level 17, among other gestures towards them.

He, however, regretted that teachers in the state have not been fair to him, as they have been in the vanguard of castigating his government for non-payment of their salaries, noting that many of them have become campaign managers of the opposition.

He pointed out that some states in the federation were yet to implement the new minimum wage, not to talk of the Teachers Salary Structure (TSS), maintaining that he was satisfied with himself that his government had not done badly in the management of teachers welfare.

According to him, he cannot deliberately owe teachers their salaries to punish them, and attributed the inability of government to pay to the economic melt-down currently affecting every state across the country.

He maintained that despite mounting criticism of his administration by teachers and the opposition, a recent World Bank assessment of states, which placed Abia 4th in performance in the federation, has shown that the state government has done well.

Governor Orji commended those committed teachers who, despite all odds, have continued to discharge their duties creditably and attributed their work as being responsible for the wonderful performance by Abia students within and outside the state.

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