The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has threatened to boycott a proposed training programme scheduled to be organised by the National Teachers Institute (NTI) and office of Millennium Development Goals over disagreement bothering on unpaid allowances in the 2011 edition.
NUT President, Micheal Alogba gave the threat in Abuja on Wednesday shortly after presiding over the union’s National Executive Council meeting.
He hinged the union’s resistance to the proposed training on insincerity of purpose, noting that at the last edition both agency short-changed the teachers of N11,500 each.
His words, “Nigerian Union of Teachers are aware of the clandestine move by the National Teachers Institute and Millennium Development Goal to shortchange our members into taking part in a training seminar, based on our resolve that until the balance of 2011 allowance is paid to our members, no teacher in this country would take part in any training being organised by either NTI or MDG.
“You will recall that these teachers that took part in the last exercise were supposed to be paid N14,000 for a ten day programme, these people were shortchanged, they were cheated because they were given only N2,500 the balance of N11,500 per teacher is still outstanding, how many of our people can stand to be paid such a pittance are we slaves in our country.
“So because of the fact NUT remains resolute, that we are not going to take part in anything NTI/MDG, people have been calling us on phone to lobby but we are here to provide leadership for our members, so we got it on notice that some of them want to go through our states or local government in the name of a special team, we have had from reliable source but we want to assert that nobody will allow it no state will take it, no local government will take it, infact we have given instruction to our members that anywhere they are seen they will be dispersed”.
NUT also urged about 18 state governments who are yet to implement the 27.5 per cent teachers enhanced salary structure to incorporate it in their 2013 budget, noting that failure to begin the implementation by January or February 2013 would see the teachers downing tools.
It would be recalled that NUT and management of NTI have been embroiled in disagreement over inability of the latter to settle the outstanding allowances being owed those who participated in the 2011 edition.
Alogba also reacted to the on-going debate for local government autonomy in the country, saying the union was not against moves to make local government administrations autonomous but that the Joint Allocation Committee (JAC) which has been responsible for prompt payment of teachers salaries and allowances should not be disbanded as it might stir up further unrest within the school system.
According to him, there has been industrial stability in the basic education system because JAC was living up it expectation and so should be encouraged.