The novel Coronavirus had tormented the globe and nonetheless tormenting it as I write. If it might discuss, after all, we might have requested it what it actually wished— at the very least, to free our world. We had tried curbing it and nonetheless attempting, as a substitute, it continues to strut like a wildfire. In the present day, inform me an establishment that’s working now and I’ll ask you to check it to the way it was working earlier than COVID-19 crept into our world. Our companies usually are not wholesome, our colleges are shut down, not till just lately that our non secular homes had been opened beneath strict situations of operation— social distancing should be exercised inter alia.
Like a Yoruba maxim which works thus: If there’s a celebration in a household, every member of the household will bear its value a couple of one other. Our non-public colleges’ academics are seemingly probably the most affected in these attempting occasions. They’re relying on the house owners of the faculties they work whereas the house owners of the faculties are relying on the scholars’ faculty charges, whom governments have obligatory to remain at dwelling, not due to something however their security. If you happen to can reside to see the tip of this pandemic, you’ll attend colleges of your alternative, a southwest governor had stated whereas addressing his state college students on the tv.
As a corp member, the federal authorities has not skipped my ‘allawee’ because the undesirable virus has been kneeling on the neck of our economic system, so different federal authorities staff. They disburse their very own salaries and different entitlements on time. Our state governments have been unswervingly trending this path too. Earlier than the overall lockdown was relaxed, palliatives value billions of naira had been distributed to Nigerians— courtesy of our state governments and the federal authorities. That is to inform how our governments have been constant in solacing their staff and fellow Nigerians in these attempting occasions.
Other than the distributed palliatives which I consider didn’t get to a few of these academics, they weren’t given salaries in the course of the lockdown and until this very second. Majority of them had spent the little that they had of their financial institution accounts and at the moment are begging households and pals for crumbs. We mustn’t neglect that a few of these academics are moms and dads who shouldn’t have different technique of livelihood. They trusted their salaries earlier than the faculties the place they educate had been shut down.
Pitiably, a few of these non-public colleges academics had been amassing as little as N15,000 as month-to-month wage earlier than the lockdown. The Non-public faculty the place I educate as a corper in Oyo State, academics who had been fathers and moms got N10,000 month-to-month. Had it been the schoolmaster does pay on time, it will have been higher, he pays on the center of the month, 15th or 16th. Then, every time the academics went to him to ask for his or her salaries, typically, he would ask them to attend until the next month. Simply think about the situations these academics could be in these attempting occasions.
On the 23rd of June, 2020, a information medium printed the story of no few than 5 non-public major and secondary colleges that had been caught holding bodily classes with the scholars on mufti inside the premises of the faculties. What do you assume would set off the teachings? Apparently, these academics shouldn’t have different technique of livelihood. Why didn’t the federal government major and secondary colleges academics open the faculties the place they educate? They will’t as a result of their salaries usually are not halted.
Nevertheless, this can be a name to our governments; federal and state governments, that these residents and personal colleges academics are in an uncommon situation and as a matter of truth want their succour to subdue their current monetary state. How? Our non-public colleges have data with every state authorities and federal authorities, which implies the statistics of the academics could be simply accessed. Thereafter, our authorities can interact them and introduce a non-interest mortgage to them. A non-interest mortgage that they received’t be troublesome for them to pay when our colleges are opened. I feel with this, they might be eased.
Aremu Lukman Umor