Makurdi - The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Benue chapter, on Monday commenced the verification of its members.
Chairman of the union in the state, Godwin Anya, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi that the exercise was to enable the union to know the exact number of teachers.
Anya said the staff audit was a pre-requisite for the inclusion of teachers in the new minimum wage being enjoyed by other workers in the state.
According to him, it is difficult to ascertain the exact number of primary school teachers in the state due to the sharp practices inherent in the recruitment of teachers.
"Teachers are supposed to be recruited by the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), but what happens is that the Local Government Education Authorities also recruit teachers’’, he said.
He held that such recruitment by the local governments was for junior staff from Grade Levels 01 – 07.
According to him, such recruitments are considered "teachers recruitment" with such people posted to primary schools to perform non-existent roles.
"This verification will weed out such people and give us the exact number of teachers in the state.
"It will help us to present the exact number of teachers to the government to enable them to include us in the payment of the minimum wage’’, he said.