The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) has condemned the failure of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to pay teachers’ entitlements.
It said funds from the federal coffers were directly and constantly remitted to the FCTA without hitches and that it was known for imposing taxes on small businesses and house owners in Abuja and therefore, it was irresponsible not to pay teachers their entitlements.
In a statement issued by its FCT, Abuja Co-ordinator, Adebowale Oluajo, it lamented that the FCTA failed to pay 2016, 2017 and 2018 promotion arrears to secondary school teachers in the FCT despite issuing several ultimatums.
“In spite of various ultimatums issued to the six council chairmen to settle outstanding entitlements of the teachers, they refused to heed the unions’ call to pay their entitlements, including 2019 and 2020 promotion arrears in some Local Education Authorities (LEAs).
“We are aware of the State Wing Executive Council’s (SWEC) decision to partly suspend the secondary school’s teachers’ strike following the agreement after a meeting with the FCT Minister where he pledged to start paying before the year ends.
“We believe that the strike should extend beyond the issues of entitlements for teachers and include demand for better teaching and learning facilities for primary and secondary schools in Abuja. We believe that demand for adequate funding of the schools by the FCTA and council should be included in the demands,” the statement reads.
ERC stated that solidarity of the secondary school teachers, other education unions within and outside the FCT, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), should be harnessed to win the battle.