From Oluseyi Dasilva Ilorin
A group of teachers from the Kwara state Universal Education Board, SUBEB has staged a peaceful protest over their plight with the management of SUBEB.
Speaking on behalf of concerned teachers of SUBEB that cuts across 16 local government areas in Kwara State, Abubakar Abdulwahab stated that his members are fighting against all factors militating against teachers in Kwara State.
He said: “We have been patient enough. Our people die on daily basis. How do you expect a hungry teacher to go to the class and discharge his duties effectively? We learnt and heard that President Muhammadu Buhari gave out Paris Club bail out to the states all over the country.”
“Our members are dying. Kwara SUBEB teachers have turned to beggars. They beg all over the streets. We implore the Kwara State Governor, and the Senate President to come to our aid. Our staffs are dying. We are tired of being patient. If they did not pay us, we will not resume academic activities. Kwara SUBEB teachers are not resuming.”
“We have endured, we are tired. We do not have promotion since 2010. They gave us two letters without money. They cannot bring their wards to our school. We are tired; it is as if they do not have blood in their vein. We are tired. It us scheduled that we will resume by September 17, if they did not pay us, we are staying at home and no Jupiter can force us to resume. No money, no resumption.”
According to the protesters, “there is a backlog of salary owed by Kwara state SUBEB rendering most of the teachers unable to pay their medical bills. About ten SUBEB staff have died among which is Mrs Oyedepo Funky (Asa), Mrs Bola Ajengbe (Ilorin south), Mr Isaiah Kadiri Adio (Moro), Mall.Abdulrahman Imam (Ilorin west), Mall Akanni Kareem (Moro).
Another protesting teacher, Abdulhameed S. Alaaya added his voice indicting the NUT Kwara State as sleeping toothless dogs.
In his words: NUT Kwara State is a sleeping dog. We have agitated all these issues with them, time without number. They should speak on our behalf, they should sit with the government and discuss on how we can overcome all these problems. A hungry man is an angry man. You can’t expect us to be in class, stand in front of pupils and students on empty stomach. We are making this peaceful rally not to destabilize the system of government but the government must see to our problem with immediate effect. This is the first phase of the rally/protest, we are expecting something better to be done over our problems. There are a lot of issues such as embargo on promotion and steps since 2013. The salary is inconsistent, you cannot say, a specific amount is our monthly salary. There is salary disparity between SUBEB and TESCOM. We want the government to look into it.”