September 27, 2021

#FGN yet to pay over 1,700 newly employed Unity #Schools’ #teachers since 2018

#FGN yet to pay over 1,700 newly employed Unity #Schools’ #teachers since 2018
#FGN yet to pay over 1,700 newly employed Unity #Schools’ #teachers since 2018

#FGN yet to pay over 1,700 newly employed Unity #Schools’ #teachers since 2018. It is disappointing to unravel that nearly 2,000 teachers employed by the Federal Government in the year 2018 for the 104 Unity Schools have not been paid a dime since they were recruited.

Also, everyone will agree that getting hired to teach in one of the 104 Federal Unity Colleges – popularly called unity schools, is a dream come through for many Nigerian teachers. They are assured of better pay according to the federal civil service wage structure (which is better than what is or can be obtained in private schools); as you enjoy steady progress on the job whilst the retirement benefits is an added advantage.

This mouth watering peace of mind plus steady growth was what prompted over 1,700 teachers to abandon their former teaching jobs and other businesses in the private sector to pursue the federal civil service dream in 2018/2019.

However, that dream, hope and happiness is yet to manifest as they have not been paid since they received their appointment letters more than two years ago.

“We have been employed by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Education. Some December 2018, some between January and July 2019. We went for interview; we passed and they gave us appointment letters. Since then, nothing has been given to us as salary. They said we need to wait till they capture us,” said one of the teachers, who works in one of the co-educational Federal Government colleges in Lagos.

The teachers, who spoke with NJN on condition of anonymity for fear of being victimised, said they had done multiple documentations that required traveling to Abuja several times.

Nontheless, despite doing capturing last year – which entailed submitting their data for enrolment on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), among others, and re-documentation early this month in Abuja, nothing has been said about their salaries.

The Lagos-based teacher, who said there were 20 of them in his school, said: “They called us to come to Abuja early this month to do re-documentation. We are about 1,710 and they called about 919 of us to come and do re-documentation – that was late July to early August. They did it for two geo-political zones. Southwest fell between August 2 and 4.

#FGN yet to pay over 1,700 newly employed Unity #Schools’ #teachers since 2018

“They have not given us anything.  We do not even know what to do next; and we do not know their mind. Anytime we call on them they will say very very soon.”

Another teacher, who was posted to the Quality Assurance unit of the Federal Ministry of Education, Oyo, said he had traveled five times to Abuja for documentation since he was employed.

The Lagos-based teacher, who said there were 20 of them in his school, said: “They called us to come to Abuja early this month to do re-documentation. We are about 1,710 and they called about 919 of us to come and do re-documentation – that was late July to early August. They did it for two geo-political zones. Southwest fell between August 2 and 4.

“They have not given us anything.  We do not even know what to do next; and we do not know their mind. Anytime we call on them they will say very very soon.”

Another teacher, who was posted to the Quality Assurance unit of the Federal Ministry of Education, Oyo, said he had traveled five times to Abuja for documentation since he was employed.

#FGN yet to pay over 1,700 newly employed Unity #Schools' #teachers since 2018

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