Primary school teachers in Benue State are being owed 11 months salary arrears while their counterparts in secondary school teachers are owed five months arrears.
Furthermore, the state owned university is presently on strike due to the laxity of the government towards the education sector in the state.
Education is an essential thing in every society because of the fact that it brings development.
Therefore, any government that cannot take the education sector seriously, thereby giving urgent attention to it in order to address issues affecting the progress of the sector within her area of control, such a government is of no value to the society and the people who represent the government in that society should be sent packing.
It is shameful that the current administration in the state is still blaming the previous government for her inability to move the state forward instead of concentrating and making good use of the available resources of the state in the way that can bring positive change.
Under the present administration, public institutions in the state especially schools have witnessed a downward slide.
It should be noted that the federal government released bailout funds to the state to pay all the outstanding salaries and allowances of the workers in the state but the funds were diverted.
The state has continued to receive its statutory allocations from the Federation Account, including the latest release of Paris Club refunds, but the salary arrears owed by the government are still not being paid off. Instead the current government is still blaming the previous administration as if the previous administration is responsible for the diversion of the bailout funds and other funds released to her by the federal government, to pay the outstanding salaries and allowances of the workers in the state.
Now, the education sector in the state is dying drastically and the ongoing administration in the state is watching helplessly. Surprisingly, the administration in the state is still talking and planning to hold onto power in 2019 even in the face of its gross us display of incompetence.
It is pertinent to remind the present government that the former administration was voted out of power owing only four months salaries and allowances of the workers in the state.
Therefore, my advice is that the current administration should start preparing her things now to enable her get out of the government house in 2019 without forgetting anything there except, her plan is to change for good within the remaining two years or to manipulate the 2019 election in the state.
► Awunah Pius Terwase, wrote from Mpape, Abuja.
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