Maiduguri – The Borno branch of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has called for insurance cover for teachers in both private and public schools in order to boost their morale for higher productivity.
The Chairman of the union, Malam Bulama Abiso, made the call at a rally on the abducted 230 students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in Maiduguri.
Represented by his Deputy, Malam Bako Lawal, the chairman said the insurance cover would further encourage teachers to give their best in the service of their fatherland.
He said government should also consider extending the insurance cover to students in both primary and secondary schools.
He added that “we are calling on government to consider introducing insurance cover to both teachers and students in Nigeria.
“This has become necessary, considering the vulnerable political environment in which we operate.’’
Abiso lamented that more than 100 teachers had been killed in Borno and Yobe by suspected insurgents in the last few years, leaving their wives and children to suffer.
He then urged the state government to fast tract the payment of death benefits to families of the affected teachers in Borno to reduce their families’ hardships.
He said the rally was aimed at sensitising the public on the issue of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls with a view to securing their safe return to their parents.
“We are telling Boko Haram to release our girls.
“We want our girls back safely to reunite with their parents,’’ the chairman said.
Responding, Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno thanked the NUT for the rally.
He commiserated with the union on the death of more than 100 teachers in insurgency attacks in the state and promised that government would strive hard to pay their next of kins their benefits.
He said the state government had paid individuals who lost their bread winners N250,000 each as token assistance in each suspected Boko Haram attack in the state.
Shettima said the money was not a compensation but a kind of support to the affected families.
Also The FCT chapter of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) on Thursday called for immediate release of the over 200 abducted girls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno
The Chairman , FCT chapter of the union, Mr Hassan Jibir, made the call at the `Bring Back our Girls’’ rally staged at Zone 7 in Abuja.
The national body of the union on Wednesday in Abuja directed the closure of all schools nationwide to protest the abduction.
Jibir said that the protest was in solidarity of the families of the abducted girls in Chibok and the slain teachers.
“The abduction of the girls is very painful; the girls are the ones facing the shock of the insurgencies.
“Unfortunately, Nigerians are not happy likewise the international community.
“The protest is a way of demonstrating our position and feelings that we are demanding for the release of these girls; to have them available in schools for the teachers to teach them the curriculum that has been provided.”
He said that the protest was also in line with the international community to ensure that the girls are rescued, safe and alive.
Jibir called on the military and the international security agencies to be careful in carrying out their rescue operations in order not to lose any of the girls.
“The demand of the NUT is to ensure that the objective of the rescue mission is to bring them safe and alive,” he said.
Jibir also called on the Federal Government to ensure adequate compensation to the families of the teachers that were killed by the insurgents.
He also called on government to ensure security in the school system.
Also, Mr Labaran Garba, Assistant Secretary, NUT FCT chapter, said the protest was also to lend the chapter’s voice in
condemning the abduction of the girls.
Garba said that Nigerians should not relent in their prayers for the abducted school girls, adding that the entire country and the teachers were at a crossroad.
On his part, Mallam Usman Abubakar, a teacher at L.E.A. Paipe, Lifecamp, FCT, condemned the way and manner that the girls were abducted.
“We also want to plead with the abductors to please release our girls; they are innocent and they are not in government; they are not policy makers,‘’ he said.
Also some of the placards carried inscriptions like “don’t mortgage the future of our girls’’, “support government to crush Boko Haram insurgents’’.
Others are “Education is a right, Chibok girls should be brought back to school’’, “please release our students, Boko Haram leaders are educated, please don’t deceive us’’ , among others.