Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

NCPC to FG review teachers’ salary

The executive secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Rev Tor Uja, has called on the federal government to review the minimum wage with preference to teachers, stating they are the bedrock of every society.

While receiving a delegation of the National Association of Christian Religious Educators of Nigeria, NACREN in his office, Rev Uja noted that poor remunerations has hampered on pilgrimage desire of most teachers in the country.

The NCPC boss who reiterated the mandate of the commission to ensure that every Christian should visit the holy land in a life time, added that the commission has an existing package, which will create an avenue for Christian religious teachers to have a firsthand experience of what they are teaching through pilgrimage to the holy land.

Also revealing that the teachers’ pilgrimage package was yet to gain prominence due to lack of funding, Rev Uja stressed that the commission would ensure that there is some form of discount for teachers pilgrimage immediately funds are available.

“Any nation that plays with its teacher would no longer progress very well, a year ago we designed a program of pilgrimage for teachers in particular secondary schools and primary school, but the program is yet to gain prominence since we have not been able to acquire funding for it.

“However in the commission we intend to give teachers a space of operation because most teachers may not be able to personally fund their own pilgrimage, which is not because they do not want to but because the remuneration of teachers is still one of the lowest in this country.

“We are appealing to government to review the take home pay of teachers, as we believe that teachers should be one of the highest paid people in this country with some form of special attention. In whatever we are doing, we should target teachers, as they define our today and especially our tomorrow,” he explained.

Speaking earlier, the National President, NACREN, Dr. Reuben Maiture, noted that the association of teachers has a mandate to shape lives through the teachings of the bible in public schools.

Maiture applauded the federal government for heeding to the calls of restoring the teaching and learning of religion in schools as a standalone subject, and as well as making it compulsory, also added the studies has instilled in the Nigerian youths the spirit of tolerance, reconciliation, peaceful co-existence and non-violence.

He however appealed to the concerned authorities to recruit competent teachers to teach the subject in schools.

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