The Registrar of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Professor Segun Ajiboye has on Sunday charged Gov. Seyi Makinde and other State Governments to be ready for smooth Implementation of the welfare packages which has been approved by the federal government.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved a new salary scale among other welfare package for teachers being worked upon for implementation by the Federal Ministry of Education and Office of Head of Service of the Federation.
“Very recently President Muhammadu Buhari approved some welfare package for teachers. The approval cut across new salary structure for teachers, retirement age, some allowances, teaching practice allowances for both lecturers and pre-service teachers, Bursary awards for Education students, rural housing scheme for teachers, etc.
Presently, the Federal Ministry of Education and the Office of Head of Service of the Federation are working out details on implementation of Mr President approvals. While this is going on it is incumbent on the States to be carried along for a smooth implementation at that level given the fact that Education is on concurrent legislative list.”
“The issue of teachers welfare in our country has been downplayed over the years. Yes we need police to control crime in our societies, but much more we need the teachers to eradicate crime and criminality in our country. The teachers are the purveyors of quality education. And quality education is sine qua non to development of nations.”