By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Secondary School Teachers in Delta under the umbrella of Association of Secondary School Teachers ( ASUSS) on Wednesday Protested the alleged decision of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in state in the hike of their monthly Contribution to the Teachers’ Social Security Scheme ( DTSSIS), and Urged the state government to urgently intervene to avoid fresh Crisis.
In a press release issued and signed by the state Chairman, ASUSS, Comrade Kenneth Okoh,a Copy made available to Journalists in Asaba, stated that the Contribution which used to be N2,000 was suddenly hiked to N5,000, a situation the statement described as Pathetic and extortion, saying that the amount was not only outrageous, but was a Process to reduce their take home Salaries.
The Statement therefore Called on the state Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah to urgently intervene to avert a possible crisis that Might negatively affect the working educational system in the state
Part of the Statement reads:” The decision to hike the amount for Social Security Scheme was Clandestine Congress where hired Secondary School Crowd was Claimed to have Participated, we Condemn the hike and we are Calling on the NUT to rescind its decision as the ASUSS is ready to use all legitimate means to stop the hike”, disclosing that the Association might resort to legal means if NUT failed to do what is right
“The Central Working Committee (SCWC) of ASUSS makes the Stand of the Union Clear to all Nigerians, Deltans and Teachers’of Secondary Schools in Particular, that ASUSS rejects the increment of the Contribution to DTSSIS from N2,000 and N5,000, it’s insensitive, Callous and terrible to Secondary School Teachers and we shall withdraw our membership in no distant time as we are no longer sure that our money because the money might not be in safe hands’, the statement added
ASUU further stated that there are some teachers whose monthly take home is not more than N10,000 after all the deductions, and urged all the teachers to resist any attempt to force them to identify with the Scheme, adding that with N5,000 per Teacher Contribution a month to the scheme, would amount to N60,000 a year.
But officials of the NUT whole did not want their names in the Print described the Protest as frivolous, saying that it was a unanimous resolution at the enlarged meeting of the NUT and the Teachers Association (ASUSS).