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Reps summon Bwari council chair, LEA secretary over non-payment of teachers’ salary

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has summoned the chairman of Bwari Area Council in the FCT, John Gabaya, the council’s Local Education…

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has summoned the chairman of Bwari Area Council in the FCT, John Gabaya, the council’s Local Education Authority (LEA) secretary and others over alleged non-payment of salaries to over 800 teachers employed in 2020.

Chairman of the Committee, Jerry Alagbaoso, gave the order for the summons at its sitting on Thursday following a presentation by the representatives of the unpaid teachers.

Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved teachers, Ade Joseph, said the teachers petitioned the committee after all attempts to get paid by their employers failed.

Speaking after the presentation, chairman of the committee, Jerry Alagbaoso, said the committee had received the petition and other submissions by the other parties involved.

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He, however, said the absence of some key officials which include the council chairman and the officials of the council’s LEA, would not allow the committee to proceed with the hearing because they needed their physical presence and what they have to say on the matter.

He assured the petitioners that they would get justice on the matter.

The chairman, therefore, directed the Clerk of the Committee to summon the Bwari Area Council chairman and other affected officials.

In a brief sent to the committee during the sitting obtained by City & Crime titled “A short brief on the struggle made by unpaid LEA teachers of Bwari Area Council employed in 2020,” the petitioners alleged that they have not been paid since their employment in 2020.

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