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The Minister of State for Education, Adamu Adamu has ruled out the possibility of the Federal Government assisting private school owners and teachers financially to survive the pandemic.
It was announced yesterday that the Federal Government is ready to pay teachers the salaries owed by private school owners during the lockdown occasioned by the pandemic.
The Minster said he had however advised them to take advantage of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s window which had been provided by the Federal Government to support Small and Medium Scale Enterprises for salary augmentation provisions and loans. “With this, school owners can be able to pay their teachers and staff the salaries that had been owed during the pandemic”, he said
While answering a question, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, told frontline healthcare workers involved in the fight against COVID-19 to write a petition to him, if they are yet to be paid their allowances.
The Federal Government while having a u-turn in the decision made earlier by them could be as a result of not having enough data to carry out the task of paying the owed salaries.