The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has disclosed that the Federal Government would begin paying teachers across the country the new salary structure which would lead to increase in monies being paid to the tutors from next year.
He explained that teachers under the employment of Federal Government across the country would begin to enjoy the new salary structure promised by President Muhammadu Buhari from January 2022.
Nwajiuba explained that as of the moment, work was being concluded on the enhanced salary structure and other incentives promised by the president during the 2020 World Teachers’ Day.
The minister disclosed that the other incentives ranged from allowances, housing, training, to elongation of service year from 35 to 40, among others that would enhance their welfare and standards of living for efficient service delivery.
Nwajiuba made the disclosure on Thursday, in Abuja at a symposium organised by the Ministry of Education. The symposium is part of activities to mark the forthcoming 2021 World Teachers Day with the theme “Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery”.
The minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sonny Echono, noted that the ministry was doing all within its power to ensure that by January 2022, teachers would begin to get the remuneration they deserve.
According to him, 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 further said, ”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,” he said.
He commended Nigerian teachers for the sacrifice in spite of the many challenges they face in the course of their duties, while urging them to retune themselves to fit into the new normal occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic by being more technology savvy.