A group of teachers under the Federal Teacher’s Scheme (FTS) of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), has commended the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), for helping them recover their unpaid salaries, and affirmed that their confidence in the ability of the Commission to give them relief was handsomely rewarded.
The teachers had been employed under the scheme, established by the government in 2006. The scheme has a 2-year contractual arrangement for recruiting batches of teachers. This particular group was recruited about two years previously. They had earlier written to ICPC concerning the seeming refusal of the authorities to pay them their outstanding salaries from February to September 2015.
In a letter of appreciation addressed to the Chairman of ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, dated 16th October 2015, Mr. Waziri Dauda on behalf of the group, described the speed with which the Commission’s operatives handled the matter as “unparalleled”, and said UBEC, on the intervention of ICPC paid the backlog of arrears, following the government’s quarterly release of UBEC’s capital expenditure funds under which their salaries had been charged. The ICPC intervention led to the release of about N2.16 billion of UBEC funds which had been pending with the government.
Mr. Waziri gladly noted: “…But for the ICPC, our salaries would have been fretted (sic) into their deep private pockets. It is heartwarming to know that an agency of government in Nigeria like ICPC can act even better than the foreign ones we hear about”.
He urged the Commission to keep up the good work.