The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has revealed that teachers will begin to enjoy the new salary structure as from January 2022 as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was announced by Nwajiuba in Abuja at a symposium organised by the Ministry of Education. The symposium was part of activities to mark the forthcoming 2021 World Teachers’ Day with the theme: Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sonny Echono, the minister said work was being concluded on the enhanced salary structure.

He said work was also being concluded on other incentives the President promised during the 2020 World Teachers’ Day.

Nwajiuba stressed that the other incentives include allowances, housing, training, to elongated of service year from 35 to 40.

“The President has approved the enhanced salary structure and we will finish it very soon. The President specifically approved that it should take effect from 2022.

“We are doing all to finish it to ensure that by January 2022 teachers should get the remuneration they deserve.

“We are fast-tracking the process of implementation to see that by the end of year we will be able to tell Mr. President that all the incentives he has approved are ready for implementation,” he said.

Nwajiuba added that Buhari has taken the lead by approving a far-reaching and revitalising programme for the teaching profession in this country.

“There are many soft incentives in that. All that is required is for other actors down the line, like governors, the National Assembly and others, to key into this initiative and ensure that the implementation is seamless.

“For instance, we are tired of hearing how long teachers are being owed salaries in states. It is criminal. So, with the new initiative, we have incentives to attract the best brains and retain them in the teaching profession.

“All welfare issues, including housing, training and retraining, enhanced remuneration, allowances, are being taken care of,” he said.

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