New Pay For Imo Teachers

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Imo Government has approved new salaries for primary school teachers in the state.

The new salaries takes effect from March, this year.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Kezie Ogaziechi, announced this in Owerri on Thursday.

The commissioner announced the government decision at the end of the Joint Account meeting between the ministry and the sole administrators of the local government areas in the state.

He said that about N80 million would be spent monthly in paying the teachers in accordance with the new salary structure.

He added that the implementation of the new salary structure could not take off in January as expected, because of the low Statutory Revenue Allocation that accrued to the councils in the last two months.

Ogaziechi said, however, that part of the revenue accruing to the state from the sale of excess crude hitherto dedicated to project execution, would now be used to pay salaries.

He denied the allegations that  the state government was spending council funds.

The commissioner said the laws guiding fund allocation in the state would be strictly adhered to in sharing money between the state and the local governments.

Our correspondent reports that the 27 local government areas shared N2.23 billion for the month of February, after all statutory deductions.