Anya made the call on Monday in Makurdi where he noted that the salaries were always paid in arrears, thereby exposing the teachers to untold hardships.
According to him, such delays were inimical to the welfare of their members and called on the government to ensure prompt payment of their salaries.
“Currently, teachers are owed two months salaries with several other unpaid entitlements.’’
He said NUT was happy about the fact that primary school teachers and their colleagues at the junior secondary schools had been excluded from the new minimum wage.
Anya said the government should not take the welfare of primary school teachers with levity, saying, “it will impact negatively on the pupils.’’
He said that teachers had been relegated to the background by successive administrations in the state by paying only lip service to their welfare.
Anya said between 2002 and 2006, death benefits that accrued to teachers were left unpaid but commended Governor Gabriel Suswam for paying part of the claims.
He also commended the governor for authorising the monthly disbursement of N15 million for the payment of leave grants to teachers, saying the gesture had brought succour to the teachers.
Anya, however, appealed to the government to do more for the survival of the primary school system in the state by ensuring prompt payment of salaries. (NAN)