Senator Chukwuka Utazi, representing Enugu North Senatorial district at the National Assembly, says teachers in Nigeria should be paid before lawmakers and other public servants.
Utazi who spoke through order 43 of Senate rules on a day teachers are being celebrated in the world, decried the pathetic condition of Nigerian teachers, saying that nobody wants to take to teaching profession anymore.
The lawmaker berated how elites in Nigeria chase teachers around the globe by spending so much money in sending their wards abroad, leaving teachers in Nigeria with difficulties.
His words: “Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I am saying this with all sense of responsibility that Nigerians should be encouraged in the teaching profession.
“In today’s society, people believe that teaching profession is not a lucrative one and I know that we are getting it wrong at that. That is why most of us here spend so much money in sending our children from this part of the globe to another in search of teachers”, he added.
Utazi expressed shock at how basic salaries of teachers were not often paid, thereby, discouraging people from teaching profession.
The Enugu North lawmaker warned that there would be a dearth of teachers in Nigeria in the nearest future if nothing is done.
Also reacting to the development, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki expressed optimism that there will be a roundtable discussion to discuss issues relating to the teaching profession in Nigeria.
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