Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi has directed that any teacher that is absent from work five times in a term should be relieved of their duty.
The Governor gave the directive when he inaugurated the newly constructed headquarters of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Abakaliki on Friday.
Governor Umahi said:
“I heard that the materials provided for the programme is being stolen in some schools and I mandate the Commissioner for Education to transfer any headmaster or principal in such schools to a remote area.”
“The programme must be sustained and we are ready to give you soft loans even if everyone is not accommodated at the same time”
He commended the NUT chairman for erecting the edifice and paid glowing tributes to its past leaders who initiated and tried completing the project.
“We are going to look into ways of reviewing your Teachers Salary Structure (TSS) and praying for improved resources to enhance it”
“The government would also donate the sum of two million naira to the state branch of the NUT to adequately furnish the building for optimum productivity.”
Ebonyi State Chairman of the NUT Joseph Nweke, said that the building was initiated by Mrs Franca Egwu during the military administration of retired Capt. Walter Ferghabo.
“Successive leadership of the union tried to complete it and it became my leadership’s main priority on assumption of office in 2010.”
“Your presence to inaugurate this building is a source of inspiration, joy and deepening of the spirit of comradeship between teachers and the state government.”
Mr Kelvin Nwankwo, a former NUT Chairman, and current NUT Deputy National President, commended the Governor Umahi for his magnanimity toward teachers and workers in general.
“You are promptly paying workers salaries when other states are grappling with the payment and even slashing the salaries.”
“You have also demonstrated unbridled commitment towards educational enhancement by providing basic facilities to ensure conducive learning in schools across the state”