The Jos South Local Government Council Chairman, of Plateau State Hon. Gideon Dung Dandareng hlstated that the recently embark protest by the members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) is purely politically motivated.
Hon. Dandareng made this known yesterday 1st June, 2023 in an exclusive interview he granted to this medium and some selected journalist in his house at Rantya of Jos South LGC.
The Council Boss stated that if the protest is not Politically motivated why is it that the leadership of the NUT Jos South branch refused to come and seat on the round table to amicably resulve the issue, if it is not Politically motivated from the report he got from the Jos South DPO that the NUT leadership went to request for permission to go to his house to protest he asked?
Dandareng also stated that as a firm believer of Christ he knows what it’s means for the scripture to say “worker deserve his or her wages”.
Furthermore, Hon Dandareng in his disclosure also revealed that the reason why NUT chapter of the Council didn’t receive their salaries upto date is due to the discrepancy in the figure presented to the Local Government by the officials of the NUT due to the constant increase in the teachers wages, despite the fact that teachers are retiring, not to talk of those that deid in service he said.
Furthermore, Hon. Dandareng revealed that, he just pay Jos South LG NUT workers their March salary last week Friday, which he said payment of salaries is not even the issue because, in the month of November the salary of teachers in the Council was 71m and in December it was 72m, in January it was 74m and in February it rose to 78m and guest what all the retiring workers in Jos South LGC are teachers from grade level 12 to 14 yet the salary wages keep increasing.
Hon. Dandareng stated that he knows some Local Government on the Plateau who are owning teachers several months of salaries some LGC are owning six months, some five months, some four months and the rest.
He said Jos South LGC under his rightful watch and with the wisdom of God upon his life, he want to find a lasting solution, he engaged the services of an external auditors to come an audit why the salaries of teachers in the LGA keep increasing higher despite there is no employment, and people are retiring while some left the service to other greener pastures while some left the service as a result of death, but yet the salary Keep increasing.
He revealed that as someone who have friends, family and well wishers working as teachers in Jos South, how can he be comfortable not to pay them, because are among people who gave me their mandate so how can he betray the mandate giving to him by them he also asked?