Visually challenged graduate granted automatic employment by Borno govt. laments over unpaid salary
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Visually challenged graduate granted automatic employment by Borno govt. laments over unpaid salary

Yvonne Williams

Mohammed Mustapha 32, a physically challenged graduate of History from Gombe State University in Borno, February 2017 was offered automatic teaching appointment by Gov. Kashim Shettima on compassionate grounds. However according to Punch Metro, Mustapha on Tuesday lamented over not being  paid for the past five months. This
development according to him had placed him under severe hardship,

Mustapha, a graduate from Gombe State University, was employed by the state civil service in February 2017 sequel to the directives of Gov. Shettima and posted to teach at College of Management Studies, Konduga.

This was following an appeal to the governor by Mustapha through the Hausa Service of the BBC, requesting for a job.

Shettima had then invited Mustapha to the Government House, Maiduguri, after hearing the appeal through the radio station, and granted him an Executive approval for him to be employed by Borno Ministry of Higher Education.

However, Mustapha said that he was yet to receive his salary for five months since his posting to the college.

According to him, from the time he reported to work, he had been transporting himself to and from Konduga, a distance of about 60km from Maiduguri, where he resided.

“Honestly, life has become more difficult and very unbearable, since I was employed.

“They said I must undergo the Biometric Verification before I get paid, which I already did in March.

“On several occasions, I had gone to the verification committee to inquire why I was yet to be paid but no tangible explanation was given to me.

“The last time I went, they said I must get a note from the Head of Service before they treat my case; I went to him (HOS) and he promised to do something and I am still waiting.

“Now I am left confused and I do not know what to do; I am not a beggar and I do not want to ever beg anyone.

“I want an opportunity where I can work to earn a legitimate livelihood and impact on the lives of my people,’’ said Mustapha.

In his response, Malam Bulama Abiso, Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers in Borno, said that Mustapha was not the only teacher who was affected.

“Many of our teachers’ salaries have been pending despite been verified by the Biometric Committee.

“Some are owed five months, some seven and some even ten months salaries.

“As a union, what we did was to approach members of the committee and ask them to identify our teachers having issues with their verification.

“We were able to identify those with problems and solved same for them.

“So far, about 4,000 teachers were successfully verified, while some were not,’’ Abiso said.

Punch

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