Benue govt to pay sit-at-home teachers

By Faith Igbudu & Moses Mbaiorga

An end to the sit-at-home action embarked on by the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Benue state chapter, is in sight, following commencement of the payment of August salaries, The Voice reports.

Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this Sunday at the thanksgiving service organised by the NUT Benue State Chairman and wife, Comr. & Mrs Levi Akuma at NKST, Mbaakon, Gboko Local Government Area.

The governor, who spoke through the NUT chairman assured the teachers that his administration will always heed to the pleas of Benue people, saying he will continue to treat as priority the welfare of the people, especially the teachers.

Collaborating the governor’s assurance, the Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Comr. Joseph Utser said, all the arrangements have been made to clear the aforementioned issue but its been delayed by the banks, following the long public holidays.

He stated that teachers are the priority of Governor Ortom and that is why teachers occupy key positions in his administration. He also advised young people in the state to shun cultism and other social vices, in order to build a bright future.

Speaking at the occasion, Chairman, Gboko Council, Isaac Mtom, who donated huge amount of money for church development, informed that he is ready to sacrifice his comfort for the progress and development of Gboko, even as he urged people of Gboko to unite to bring development to the local government. He cautioned that his government will not tolerate divisions and strife.

He appreciated traditional rulers of the area for their fatherly role in maintaining peace and promoting development in the local government.

Earlier, the celebrant, Comr. Akuma said he was overwhelmed by God’s blessings upon his life and family and choose to thank God.

In his sermon, Guest Minister, Rev Moses Nyeikaa, reading from Psalm 100:17 urged Christians to imbibe the culture of giving thanks to God in all situations.

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