The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Enugu State on Thursday called for the enhancing of welfare for teachers for improved productivity.
The state’s chairman of the union, Mr Chumaife Nze, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Enugu.
Nze noted that providing an environment conducive to teaching in the state would improve performances of students in examinations and raise the standard of education.
“2013 is a year of promises and there is a saying that the teaching condition of the teacher is the learning condition of the child; and for us to achieve more this year, government will focus attention on education and on teachers’ welfare, particularly their salaries as well as increase their take-home package and other allowances. “The hallmark of development, centres on education; if such is done, we believe that there is going to be increased productivity in the education industry in the state. “Our expectation is that government and the NUT will be more friendly and the government will be more concerned about the welfare of teachers in the state.’’
Nze, who is also the Chairman of the NLC in the state, appealed to the state government to look into the backlog of salaries and arrears of gratuity for workers and retirees in the state. “We believe that this year, government will look into the backlog of all arrears of workers and retirees and pay them off.’’ The chairman urged workers in the state to remain dedicated in the discharge of their duties and assured that the unions would continue to give them the needed support.