The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Kaduna State, wing has appealed to Governor Nasir El-Rufai to disregard every negative insinuating information aimed at bringing the scheme to disrepute, while soliciting for his blessings.
The call was contained in a press statement issued by the state Chairman, Comrade Audu Titus Amba shortly after the state wing Executive Council (SWEC) emergency meeting at the Teachers House, Kaduna.
According to the state Chairman, the Welfare Scheme for teachers in the state started in 1999 and known as NUT Endwell Social Security Scheme.
He stressed that the scheme since. It’s inception has touched and is still touching the lives of teachers economically and socially, adding that the sole aim of the scheme is to compliment the efforts of the government at improving the welfare status of teachers in the state.
“Accordingly, teachers are appreciative of this scheme and are willing to continue with it as it impact positively on their lives. Through the scheme, teachers have owned houses, owned small scale industries like bread bakeries, block making industries, mobility among others, and. These possessions have enhanced the social status of teachers compared with other workers in the state that have no such scheme.
“As such, we wish to appeal to your good office to graciously allow the scheme to continue for its good prospects and enriched benefits to our teachers.”
He reiterated, “ we are aware that some insinuating information aimed at bringing the scheme to disrepute have been muted and filtered to His Excellency which is quite the opposite of what the scheme stands for.”
Amba further informed that “a committee set up by JAAC has since visited the schemes investments and has seen all our audited books and has submitted it’s report to the Honourable Commissioner for Local Government.”
Furthermore, he said, teachers in the state can testify to the fact that what they contributed is given back to them with sixty percent (60%) interest at the point of retirement or death.
He said, no bank pays interest rate as much as that, adding that it serves as palliative to teachers before their retirement benefits are paid to them, with payment to beneficiary done within one month since inception.