The President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Yomi Otubela,
says the Federal government has agreed to pay the salaries of private school teachers
that are currently owed by their school management since the lockdown started in March.
A number of private school teachers have come out to cry for help
as they have not been paid by their management since March
when schools were shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
However The school management insists they cannot pay salaries
since they have also not made money by way of school fees.
Meanwhile Speaking on TVC on Monday morning, July 13, Mr Yomi Otubela said the association
has forwarded a proposal to the Economic Sustainability Committee
headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, for the government to pay the salaries of the private school owners
and that an approval has been granted to the proposal by the Federal Executive Council.
Yomi Otubela says and we quote;
”We have written to the Federal government
in order to understand that these teachers
are also teaching Nigerian children
and that they aLso need to keep them
and their families together during the lockdown.
So the Federal government has listened to our request.
Moreover We requested that the teachers salaries in private schools
should be taken over by the government
during the months of the lockdown.
We also requested for a single digit loan for private schools
to cushion the effect of the COVID19.
FURTHERMORE We requested for support
for schools that have existing loans,
that they (FG) should liase on our behalf with the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN
and CBN will liase with commercial banks
and other financial institutions
to ensure that they give them soft landing in terms of moratorium
So as to repay and deduction in the interest loan.
Mr Yomi Otubela continued by saying that
The Federal government has approved
that they will take over the payment of teachers salaries.
Also The proposal was sent to the Economic Sustainability Committee
headed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
and it was approve by the Federal Executive Council.
We are already talking to them to know the modalities for the disbursement”.
Mr Yomi however reveals that only private schools registered under its association
that will benefit from the Federal government’s bailout.