… Says Ongoing Renovation of NUT House Was Outcome of National Conference, Ratified by SWEC
The Kogi State Chairman of Nigerian Union of Teachers, Comr. Ayodele Thomas, says he would continue to be a voice for his members assuring that he would not compromise his members welfare.
The NUT Chairman assured that he would not relent in making sure that the few remaining Teachers yet to be cleared after the staff screening, assuring that frantic efforts is on by the Union to ensure that those remaining are cleared and paid.
Comr. Ayodele disclosed that other Teachers cleared recently by the Government are now in the Government payroll and are collecting there salaries, pointed out that the few cases left were those with some alledged challenges, but expressed optimism that they would be cleared.
While observing that Gov. Yahaya Bello actually granted clemency and pardoned some Persons after the last screening, he disclosed that the noticed delay to have there names released and cleared, could stem from the fact that some of those concerned are yet to meet the terms and conditions given by the State Government.
According to the NUT Chairman, some Persons who are still uncleared are yet to present there original educational certificates, ten years after graduation. He equally said others granted clemency who were said to have engaged in diaspora withdrawal and expected to make refunds are yet to make such refunds. Lastly, the NUT Chairman added that part of the reason for the delay in getting some Persons still cleared even after the clemency, was occasioned by …., but assured that since an injury to one is an injury to all, he is not resting on his oars in making sure that all Teachers affected are cleared and paid.
The NUT Chairman says he is making efforts and mounting pressures to have those yet to be cleared, cleared, called on the Head of Service to as a matter of appeal, urgency, compassion, with the intent to clear more Teachers to add to the expected numbers needed in Kogi State Schools’, assist in looking into the issues of Teachers yet uncleared, adding that the buck to clear the remaining Teachers rest with the Government, through the office of the HoS.
He expressed appreciation for those that have already been cleared by the office of the HoS, but says like Oliver Twist, the NUT is on its knees asking for the release of the remaining persons yet to have been cleared.
Comr. Ayodele says as part of measures by the Union to generate alternative revenue outside check off dues, his administration begun work on the NUT House, says the decision to retrieve the building from a private individual operating the NUT Building was a Congress decision taken in 2017 even before he assumed Office as Chairman, said that decision was equally ratified by the State Working Executive Committee.
Comr. Ayodele further explained that the decision to contribute N1000 by every Teacher was taking at the NUT Congress and ratified by the SWEC, says the deduction began last year in September and would end hopefully by December, 2020 says the payment is not in phases, disclosed that the renovation is coming after twelve years.
The NUT Chairman disclosed that under his watch he was able to retrieve the building after three challenging years from the hands of the private individual in whose custody it was following the sale by a former NUT Chairman, said so much work has been done on the NUT HOUSE, expressed satisfaction with the quality of the work and that it is almost nearing completion.
He added that the deduction to fund the renovation work at the NUT HOUSE was a fallout of the consultation by Branch Chairmen with there members, but said the commencement of deduction began in September 2019.
The NUT Chairman expressed confidence that when completed, the NUT Building would help boost the revenue base of the Union, especially now that times are challenging financially, expressed optimism that in future, the members would also look at the opportunity of reawakening other properties and businesses laying waste and fallow owned by the Union across the state.
The NUT Chairman says aside the NUT constitutional deductions of Levies paid by Kogi Teachers which is being implemented under his leadership, no single Kobo has ever been deducted from Teachers Salaries, says he has vowed and remains resolved that he would not allow room for any frivolous deduction.
The NUT Chairman restated his promises and stand to protect the interest of members, insisting that the more members of NUT, the more united the Union would be and the more check off dues for the NUT, says he would not compromise Teachers welfare and numbers.
He thanked Gov. Bello for the prerogative of Mercy he granted as clemency to those affected by the last screening, says he’s optimistic that when the affected persons comply with the condition, fighting to have the list released would be made easy for the NUT.
The NUT Chairman says the success of his administration as NUT Chairman has been his ability to operate an open door policy, says his doors have and would remain wide open to receive complain from his members, says that has been the secret to gathering available information that has helped to meet and in fighting the needs of Teachers.
On the leadership style that has propelled him thus far towards maintaining a cordial working relationship with Government and his Teachers, Comr. Ayodele says he has been a good listener, his patience, perseverance, ability to network, dialogue, remain consistent in his principle of standing for what is right and to remain on the side of Truth and justice, has been his staying power all these years.