By Nick Dugba
The controversies surrounding the non-payment of 3 months salary arrears of primary school teachers in the State would soon be a thing of the past as government is working towards ridding the system of ghost teachers to recoup funds to pay genuine teachers as well as source for facilities to pay the backlog.
This was disclosed by the Executive Chairman, Taraba state Universal Basic Education Board, Yakubu Agbaizo while speaking to TaraVoices on the issue which was raising dust in the state, especially on the social media.
The social media in the state was awash with insinuations that teachers in the state were embarking on a spiritual exercise for God to intervene on the matter, blaming the Governor for their ordeal.
But the Chairman, speaking said: “we are doing screening on teachers and trying to get the authentic list of teachers. We have issues that border on ghost teachers, ghost schools, padded salaries; ….and these are issues that a committee has been working on. We have just submitted a report to His Excellency, and we are assuring you that he is going to tackle these issues very soon”.
He however blamed the delay in payment on the critical financial crunch the nation is passing through and said that in spite of the challenge, the governor has been able to do better than his peers in other states and deserved appreciation.
“You know that there are states that are 8 months, 10 months down on issues of salaries. For Darius to have been able to reduce ours to this level, I think we should appreciate that”, he stated.
Agbaizo also revealed that the Governor was sourcing for facilities and that as soon as it was gotten, the arrears would be paid.
He assured that, “we will discuss it extensively with our union leaders to understand the problem but we know that the governor is working 24 hours to ensure that he raises money to pay them salaries”, he concluded.
Unverified reports had it that in June, the Governor released N600 million for the payment of school teachers. Also, shortly afterwards, the SUBEB discovered an amazing N52 Million being paid to ghost primary school teachers every month in the State.