It was gathered that the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board has been saddled with the responsibility of paying salaries of primary school teachers across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Executive Chairman of SUBEB, Dr. Stephen Odey, who made this disclosure while briefing journalists in Calabar, said the board would on Tuesday carry out biometric exercise on all teachers to ensure regular payments from December.
He also said the board has commenced the replacement of wooden classroom chairs and desks with durable plastic chairs and desks as directed by the Universal Education Board.
According to Odey, the directive to take over the payment of school teachers’ salaries by the Board was given by Governor Ben Ayade.
He said the board would work with the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers to ensure a hitch-free exercise.
Odey said,”Henceforth, the governor has approved the payment of teachers’ salaries by SUBEB. We have agreed that we would find a way out of this. Teachers are not being paid regularly and the only solution was for SUBEB to step in.
“We know the teachers and we will commence biometric exercise for all primary school teachers on Tuesday. It will start in the southern senatorial district and advance to others. The governor is passionate about this.