The Chairman of Retired Primary School Teachers and Next of Kin Forum, Akwa Ibom State, Reverend Felix Cookey has commended the ongoing verification exercise by the state government for the payment of entitlements to Retired Primary School Teachers and their Next of Kin.
Reverend Cookey gave the commendation today Thursday, 4th March, while speaking as a studio guest on Update Akwa Ibom, a flagship radio programme of the Ministry of Information and Strategy.
According to him, the unique disposition of Governor Emmanuel in setting up a committee to facilitate the payment of entitlements to pensioners and next of kins of deceased pensioners, from 2014 to 2018 “is not a ploy by the government to delay the payment of entitlements of pensioners but a proactive step to put smiles on their faces.”
The Chairman, who described the action as a step in the right direction, emphasized that “the reason for the exercise is to ascertain the actual number of retired teachers and next of kin that are affected, so that the payment would not go into the wrong hands.”
He also noted that the exercise “is also aimed at giving the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) a data bank for a proper follow up by the government during subsequent payments.”
Rev. Cookey saluted Governor Emmanuel for the efforts towards the recruitment of 1,000 Primary School Teachers to compliment the ongoing recruitment of 1,000 Secondary School Teachers in the State.