Protest over salary arrears, Govt urges protesting NUT to seek dialogue

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Protest over salary arrears, Govt urges protesting NUT to seek dialogue

The Bayelsa Government on Thursday urged teachers protesting their 10 months’ salary arrears to seek dialogue rather than continuing protests on the streets.

The State Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Dr Agatha Goma, gave the advice while reacting to the public protest by NUT on Wednesday in Yenagoa.

The Bayelsa State chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) took to the streets of Yenagoa to demand takeover of primary school funding from the local governments.

Goma, who admitted that the teachers acted within their rights to demand for better conditions of service, said such an important issue was better resolved through creative engagement with stakeholders rather than through protests on the streets.

She said the state government empathised at the plight of the teachers and would continue to work with the councils to ensure that a robust revenue generation mechanism was set up with a view to increasing funding to the local governments.

According to the commissioner, government would continue to pursue policies that will guarantee regular payment of salaries to all categories of workers in the state.

“Yes, it is the statutory responsibility of the councils to pay the primary school teachers. I am sure the councils are also conscious of their responsibilities. ##

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