The Federal Government on Tuesday urged state governments who are owing teachers’ salaries to pay them.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu made the appeal at a briefing to mark this year’s World Teachers Day, in Abuja
The Minister, said teachers, despite their contributions to the society and nation building, had continued to be neglected.
He said the federal government directed state governors to use the bailout it released twice to them to settle salaries including that of teachers.
Adamu said: “I think it is very necessary that we pay our teachers right here on earth and celebrating this day just underscores the issues and their basic needs.
“Teachers deserve to be appreciated for their great role in nation building.
“The federal government has given out largest bailout twice to the states to settle salaries. We are doing the best we can.”
Earlier in his remarks, National President, Nigeria Union Teachers, Michael Alogba-Olukoya, there was need for teachers to be treated well in the society.
Alogba-Olukoya, who was represented by Acting Secretary General of the union Dr. Mike Ikeme, commended the teachers for their dedication and resilience in carrying out their professional tasks.
“The annual observance of this important day has helped reawaken the consciousness of nations and citizenry to the important role of teachers and the need for teachers to be accorded a status commensurate with the role they play in society.
“I salute them for their passion in their chosen profession and their sacrifice and courage in keeping the flag flying despite obvious odds against their calling.
“I urge them to continue to be patriotic and contribute their best to the growth and development of our dear nation,” he said.