The All Progressives Congress, (APC), in Kwara State, has appealed to the leadership of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state to suspend its planned strike over non-payment of salaries.
In a statement signed by the State Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, the party said that the main issue was not really about non-payment of teachers’ salaries but non-availability of funds to pay salaries, which required collective efforts to address rather than strike action.
“As a party, we wish to state that we feel the concerns and share in the pains of primary school teachers in Kwara State. Quite unfortunate, this issue is chiefly caused by the dwindling allocation from the federation account.
“If the resources are available today, the Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed-led government will pay all teachers as it has always done in the past five years.
“Given the cordial relationship between Kwara State Government and Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the fact that the union, not too long ago, acknowledged the outstanding performance of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed in the sector with its national merit award, we wish to say that the record of the state government is clear and the will to pay teachers’ salaries by the Kwara State Government is not doubtful.
“Since it is about non-availability of resources, the planned industrial action would be counter-productive and it lacks the capacity to solve the contending issues.
“In the light of the above, we hereby appeal to leadership of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kwara State to suspend its plan to embark on industrial action.
“Finally, we wish to assure the people of Kwara State and our dear teachers that the Kwara State Government is not helpless in this financial quagmire. That is why the government has embarked on aggressive revenue generation drive by repositioning the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service for more effectiveness in the discharge of its roles as the revenue generating agency of the government,” the statement read.