Nigerian Teachers have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to include education on First Line Charge.
The teachers under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT )made the call in a 15-point prayer session led by Christian and Muslim clerics.
In his address at the event, tagged “Solemn Assembly”, the NUT National President, Dr Nasir Idris, said the gathering, which was an annual event was aimed at seeking God’s face.
He said putting funding of education on First Line Charge will tackle problems of irregular payment of teachers’ salaries across states.
Idris also called for assent to the Bill enabling 65 years retirement age or 40 years of service for teachers.
He further posited that the federal government should include members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers on the Governing Board of National Secondary Education Commission.
The NUT leader called for the removal of ceiling placed on primary school teachers in some states, saying it will make it impossible for them to progress beyond Salary Grade Level 14.
While calling on members to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 guidelines, Idris prayed for peace in Nigeria.
He said, “This event will mark the fourth (4th) Solemn Assembly I have held with you, since you elected me to lead the entire teachers of Nigeria as your National President.
“The Solemn Assembly has been put in place to annually commit our activities to the hands of God.
“Since then, God has been quite faithful in providing and protecting our dear union.”
Idris raised concern over increasing level of attacks on schools across Nigeria, saying it has led to the death of its members, students, and pupils as well as destruction of property.
He noted that the number of school children, students and teachers still held in captivity was growing by the day, posing serious threat to education in the country.
The clergymen on their part urged the teachers to shun corrupt tendencies in the discharge of their duties in view of their important role in society.
Chief Imam to the Sahabah Masjid Kundila, Kano, Muhammad Bin ‘Uthman, urged teachers to carry out their responsibilities with the fear of God, saying “you ought to be teachers not cheats; trainers not drainers.”
A Catholic priest of the Missionary of St. Paul (MSP) Rev. Fr Nduka Uzor, called on Nigerians to be fervent in prayers irrespective of religious affiliation.
He assured that the country could overcome it’s challenges through commitment to prayers, stressing that” what we do with trials and temptations matter, because they create room for new openings.”