JJuly 17, 2014 – Chairman of the Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Mr. Segun Raheem Thursday expressed confidence in the willingness of the State Government to address the issue of the 27.5 per cent balance payment of the Teachers’ Specific Allowances.
Fielding questions from newsmen, the Chairman said the teachers in the State were not angry with the government as speculated but that they were happy that the state has been addressing the issue with a view to finding lasting solution to it.
He explained that the issue of the settlement of the allowance was now before a sub-committee set up by a Joint Negotiation Council to examine the financial implication of the payment.
He said the association has met with the governor during which a commitment was made that the balance of 11.5% would be paid when the economy improved, adding that when the Council discovered that economy had improved, it again wrote to the government after which another 9% was paid.
He was optimistic that the government would soon solve the problem going by the steps taken so far, details of which the Union was aware of and urged his members to remain calm and continue to believe in the Union for a solution soon.