Niger Speaker promises new laws to improve teachers’ welfare


The Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, has assured teachers that the lawmakers will come up with legislations to improve education in the state.

Sarkindaji stated this while delivering his goodwill message during the 2023 World Teachers Day celebration with theme: “The Teachers We need For Education We want: The Global Imperative To Reverse Teacher Shortage”, in Minna.

He explained that the law will concentrate on the areas that affects the welfare of teachers, adding that the narrative that teachers’ reward is in heaven has greatly affected the standard of education.

According to him,”rather than paying lip service to the welfare of teachers, let us give teachers their reward on earth for the good of our education that’s the only way to improve the standard of education in the country. Government at all levels must give priority to the welfare of Teachers in our various level of education. If there any day that should be celebrated apart from Independence day is world Teachers day”.

Recall the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Niger State chapter had raised the alarm over mass exodus of qualifed teachers from the state, allegedly due to poor remuneration, lack of adequate welfare and teaching materials and decayed educational infrastructure, among others, in the state.


Speaking, the state Chairman of the NUT, Comrade Akayago Adamu Mohammed, disclosed that 10 years after the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) approved the Teachers Salary Structure for teachers across the country, only 8% and 2% have been implemented for professional and non professional teachers in the state.

He added that the N30,000 minimum wage has not been fully and properly implemented for secondary school teachers as agreed with organized labour.

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