President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with Nigeria’s Teachers over the issue of unpaid salaries, saying his heart is with them.
The president, in a message to 2018 World Teachers’ Day, assured that unpaid salaries would soon become an issue of the past.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja, said Buhari gave the assurance in a message to this year’s World Teachers’ Day.
Buhari said that he was aware that in some states and local councils of the federation, teachers were being owed salaries of several months.
He revealed that it was specifically to mitigate the situation of unpaid teachers and pensioners that his administration doled out billions of naira as bailout funds to various states.
“Sadly, the issue of unpaid salaries remains,’’ he lamented.
Buhari, however, assured that the Federal Government would continue to work with the state governments to ensure that “all salary arrears are not just cleared, but that unpaid salaries become an issue of the past’’.
The President expressed his appreciation to all Nigeria’s teachers, who he described as the usually unsung heroes of the country, whose skill and commitment daily mould the minds of our country’s youth.
While highlighting some of the measures put in place by his administration to improve education and better the welfare of teachers, Buhari regretted as “grave and unfortunate” that the country’s teachers were often treated unfairly despite their essential services.
According to the president, teachers are the most important segment of workers in the country, invaluable for the essential work they do towards building the country’s future.
“Teaching is a noble profession, wielding a strong influence by inspiring and educating our children. The values they inculcate stay with them for a lifetime,’’ he said.
By our correspondent