The Registrar of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, Professor Segun Ajiboye has warned that TRCN would take decisive action against the 13 debtor governors owing their teachers backlog of salaries and other allowances despite the bailouts they had received from the Federal Government
The Registrar Ajiboye said
“It is surprising that after three tranches of bailouts by the federal government to states across the country, no fewer than 13 states still owe their teachers. Ajiboye stated this at the weekend in Ibadan, Oyo State while participating on a guest forum platform of the Oyo State Correspondents’ Chapel adding that the gesture was in appreciation of teachers for human development in the country”
“There is no way a teacher who is denied of his entitlement would be committed to his job, Ajiboye urged debtor-governors to ensure that the welfare of Teachers without delay. You can’t get the best from these teachers when you continue to owe them salaries and allowances. Our conclusion on the states owing teachers will be made known soon.”
He hinted that the sum of N100million has been set aside for teachers’ welfare in the 2018 budget, saying that teachers must be appreciated for their contributions to the growth of Nigeria and for their worth.
“TRCN has become a household name. When I took over the TRCN website was down. Now the website is perfectly functional and interactive. To appreciate our teachers, we have set aside the sum of N100m in 2018 budget to do that. Teachers must be appreciated for their contributions. This is why is saddens one to see states owing Teachers. Debtor-states should pay teachers their dues. Teachers who receive no payment cannot give their best to teaching”
On competency tests being organized by governors for teachers, Ajiboye maintained that Nigerian Teachers were not afraid of competency tests, pointing out that the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, had assured that its members would participate in such tests as organized by TRCN which is the regulatory body empowered to do so.
“TRCN certificate has become one of the criteria for being engaged as teacher nationwide showing the embrace of TRCN nationwide. The collaboration we enjoy from the NUT and others have been a strong pillar for TRCN. I am not happy at the killing of Teachers and abductions of pupils in terror zone. I appeal to the federal governor to increase security for education communities in terror zone so as not to engender fear in the heart of those genuinely interested in learning and doing their job,” he said.
Ajiboye promised to transform the teaching profession, said that the council had been contracted by the Kaduna State governor to organize test for teachers in its Secondary schools, saying the agreement is being finalized.