Some Private School Teachers in Koko, Headquarters of Warri North Council of the Delta State, has been receiving the sum of N5,000 each as palliatives measure to cushion the effect of Coronavirus, as Special Assistant to the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, on Youth and Community Development, Hon. Solomon Milkie disclosed this with newsmen.
According to information, Hon. Milkie emphasize that, he could not stand the pitiable condition of many private school teachers who were disadvantaged during this period, and as such decided to make available his personal funds to meet the immediate needs of the teachers, adding that, the gesture was to cushion the effect of COVID-19 as teachers in public schools have not been receiving the salaries since COVID-19 arrived Nigeria, unlike their counterparts in public institutions.
The special assistant, also disclosed that a total of 27 teachers have so far had their bank account credited with the amount, adding that, Twenty-three of the teachers are drawn from Christ The Savior International School, St Mary Ideal Catholic Nursery and Primary School, Fountain Group of Schools, Kingdom Life Nursery and Primary School, Lily Montessori School, and St. MIcheal Primary and Secondary School, all in Koko, while four others are from Ugbegun- Ijala Primary School in Ogborogho Utonila community in the waterside.
The Proprietor of Fountain Group of Schools, Koko, Mrs Abosede Ajagboma, however, lauded the philanthropic gesture of Hon. Milkie, noting that, the act was not only commendable but worthy of emulation, added that, she was move by the pitiable condition of a teacher in one of the private schools here in Koko, who tearfully narrating her ordeal, lamented that the non payment of salaries for a while now, led to her ejection due to the inability to pay rent.
Recalled that, the uncertainty over the actual date for school resumption in Nigeria, have thrown a good number of teachers in private schools across the country, into lamentation mode, as many of the teachers are lamenting over the economic crunch that has visited them over unpaid salaries, confirming that they have not received their salaries since March.
Where one of the teacher in one of the private secondary schools, who pleaded anonymity, decries the insensitivity of the federal and state governments to the plight of teachers and other workers, due to the continues closure of school which is forcing their employers not to pay salaries and other benefits.
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