Teachers will benefit from a new salary structure from January 2022 –FG
Minister of State for Education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba says teachers will start benefiting from the new salary structure promised by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired) from January 2022 .
Nwajiuba revealed this Thursday in Abuja during a symposium organized by the Ministry of Education.
The symposium was among the activities marking the upcoming World Teachers’ Day 2021 with the theme “Teachers at the heart of reviving education”.
The minister, who was represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Sonny Echono, noted that work was being concluded on the improved salary structure.
He further revealed that work was also underway on other incentives promised by the President on World Teachers’ Day 2020.
He pointed out that other incentives ranged from stipends, housing, training to extending the year of service from 35 to 40 years.
Echono said, “The president has approved the improved salary structure and we will be completing it very soon.
“The president specifically approved that it take effect from 2022.
We are doing everything to complete it so that by January 2022, teachers receive the compensation they deserve.
“We are accelerating the implementation process to see that by the end of the year we will be able to tell Mr. President that all the incentives he has approved are ready to be implemented.”
He added: “The President has taken the lead in endorsing a far-reaching and revitalizing agenda for the teaching profession in this country and there are many gentle incentives to that.
“All it takes is for other downstream actors, like state governors, the National Assembly and others, to get involved in this initiative and make sure that the implementation goes ahead. runs smoothly.
“For example, we’re tired of hearing how long teachers have to pay salaries in the states.
“It’s criminal. So with the new initiative, we have an incentive to attract the best minds and retain them in the teaching profession. All welfare issues, including housing, training and retraining, enhanced pay, allowances, are covered.”
He commended Nigerian teachers for the sacrifice despite the many challenges faced in carrying out their duties.
He urged them to rehabilitate to adapt to the new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic by being more tech savvy.