Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and teachers in the state’s public schools held a stormy meeting on Wednesday where they discussed issues affecting the welfare of teachers.
The gathering, tagged “Interactive Forum between Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose and Teachers from Ekiti State Public Schools on Improved Education Outcome” was devoid of conviviality.
The teachers listed their demands to include: Payment of March-July 2016 salaries; payment of 2014 September salary to primary school teachers; recognition of degree holders in primary schools; promotion of teachers beginning from 2010; 2016 salary increase; Core Subjects Allowance for primary school teachers.
Others were: Stoppage of deductions on loan repayment and other sources, over-deduction of salaries of members from the Accountant General’s office; payment of Duty Post Allowance; payment of Leave Bonus for 2016, stoppage of arbitrary cooperative deductions, advocacy for robust car and housing loans, renovation of schools and effective inter-cadre policy for teachers.
Mrs E. A. Olaoye and Mr Adetunji Akinyemi spoke on behalf of the public primary and secondary schools’ teachers.
Governor Fayose set up a committee to look into complaints on loans and sundry deductions.
He said the committee would commence work on Monday, August 8.
Governor Fayose also told the Head of Service, Dr Gbenga Faseluka, to meet with relevant stakeholders, including principals and head-teachers of public schools to fashion out ways to resolve the issue of promotion that had been stalled since 2010 before the end of the year.
The governor said: “I am still the same Fayose you knew before now. If the funds are available, I will pay. You know that when I pay, I will have rest of mind. The challenges we are facing today was caused by the loans borrowed under the immediate past government.
“Let me make it very clear to you that Nigeria has entered full recession. Though, the government has been covering this but it has blown open now.”