The Nigeria Union of Teachers has decried the killing of some female teachers in Kaduna State.
The union also called for the institution of an insurance scheme for its members.
No fewer than 40 persons, many of them female teachers, died on Tuesday when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the secretariat in Sabon Gari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Condemning the action, the NUT President, Mr. Michael Alogba-Olukoya, on Wednesday, said that so far Boko Haram insurgents had killed over 272 teachers in Borno State alone.
The NUT chief, who stressed the need for an insurance cover for teachers, said it would help to increase their commitment to their profession.
“We are calling on the government to establish an insurance scheme for teachers. The actions of the insurgents are depleting our members. We have told our members the benefits of having an insurance cover. Teachers get two times of their savings in retirement and in the case of accidents and death, the families will be robustly compensated,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the union in Osun State has warned Governor Rauf Aregbesola against paying their salaries through a consultant.
The Principal Secretary of the union in the state, Mr. Abdulahi Mohammed, made the appeal in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents on Thursday.
According to Mohammed, many workers have been having problems with the consulting firm because it has not been paying them correctly.
He said, “We are happy about the bailout package and we want the authorities in the affected states to spend the money judiciously on workers’ salaries.
“We are expecting the governor to invite us to a meeting whenever the money is ready. We do not want our salaries in the hand of a consultant. The reason is simple: we do not want to be short-changed. The governor said he would invite us to a meeting and we are expecting him not to renege on this promise. However, we will not accept it if he hands over our money to a consultant.”
On the rumoured 50 per cent salary reduction, Mohammed said workers in the state would resist the move.
According to him, the workers’ pay is small and any attempt to slash it further may spell trouble for the state government.