Bayelsa primary school teachers lament that April salaries did not reflect new promotions




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school teachers in Bayelsa have expressed disappointment April salaries did not reflect increases following promotions, despite pledge by Gov Douye Diri.

According to official sources, state government made available about N200 million and had promised to commence implementation salary increases following promotion school teachers are in the services local governments.

But the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) learnt the promotion increment for school teachers stalled since 2013.

Mr Igelege Samuel, spoke behalf of the teachers in Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA), told NAN in Yenagoa primary school teachers felt disappointed when the increments were not reflected in April salaries.

He said that the approval granted by the state to commence the implementation of salary increments had boosted the morale of teachers whose incomes had remained stagnant for more eight years.

“The of Bayelsa had listened to cry and shown his compassion by making funds available to assist the local governments to but we were disappointed that just a handful of over 400 teachers got the increment.

“Those of us were left happened to be in the majority and we are worried and demand to know what led to this.

“We remain grateful to the who intervened to end stagnation, the primary teachers in Bayelsa have been earning the same salary since 2013 even though they are promoted as and when due.

“So the promotions in the past eight years have been merely cosmetic and have no financial implication the monthly -home and that is what this governor has addressed but we have not seen the ,” Samuel said.

NAN that more 100 of the affected teachers had gathered at the residence of the Account Supervisor for Ogbia LGA, Mr Yague James, to submit promotion letters to facilitate the implementation.

James had addressed the aggrieved workers and urged them to submit their documents to ensure that those who were omitted would be captured in the implementation of the promotion increment.

He explained that the updated records, including promotion records, were required to compute the new salary scale of the teachers.

(NAN)