Maiduguri - Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno has said that the ongoing teachers verification is responsible for the delay in payment of their two months’ salaries.
The governor gave the explanation on Wednesday in Maiduguri at the launch of a free-feeding and uniform programme introduced by the government for schools in four councils as a pilot scheme.
They are Jere, Biu and Monguno local government areas, and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council.
Shettima said the exercise was being done to ascertain the number of primary school teachers in the state and to fish out ghost workers.
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He said the government had been able to save about N64 million as result of the exercise, adding that more than 200 ghost workers were discovered.
The governor solicited the understanding and support of the teachers.
He said the government was planning new special allowance for head teachers, reward for best teachers, as well as furniture and car loans to deserving teachers.
The governor said the feeding and uniform scheme was designed to cushion the hardship experienced by parents and guardians in the state.