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Taraba Govt releases N1.8b to settle teachers’ salaries

The Taraba State Commissioner for Education, Mr Johannes Jigem, said on Wednesday that government had released N1.8 billion to the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to clear all outstanding salaries of teachers.

Jigem disclosed this to newsmen following a peaceful protest by primary school pupils over the non-payment of their teachers’ salaries.

The commissioner said that the ongoing verification exercise was responsible for the delay in the payment of the salaries.

Jigem, however, said that the students protest was organised by some fake teachers, under the influence of some local politicians.

He said all genuine teachers would soon be paid, after the conclusion of the ongoing verification exercise.

NAN recalls that primary school teachers in the state had in February barricaded the state House of Assembly over the non-payment of their salaries.

NAN also reports that Gov. Darius Ishaku, while presenting the 2017 budget, said payment of civil servants salaries was up-to-date in the state.

Ishaku said that any worker who claimed that the government owed him any salary was not a `genuine’ civil servant.

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