"The reward of teachers is in heaven," is one common belief especially in Nigeria where teachers will labour and serve without receiving salaries in months.

Friday, October 5, was World Teachers' Day and for some teachers, there was actually nothing to celebrate, since their months of labour were not appreciated with wages as reward. 

In what looks like succour coming to calm their nerves, President Muhammadu Buhari made a few promises and commended Nigerian teachers for working without receiving salaries for months. 

First, he assured Nigerian teachers that his heart was with them over the issue of unpaid salaries and that promised tat the issue would soon become a thing of the past.

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The President’s message was conveyed to teachers by the spokesman for the President, Mr Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Buhari said he was aware that in some states and local councils of the federation, teachers were being owed salaries of several months even after the his administration gave out billions of Naira as bailout to various states. 

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He insisted that the money was given out to mitigate the situation of unpaid teachers and pensioners. 

“Sadly, the issue of unpaid salaries remains,’’ he lamented. 

The President used the opportunity of this year’s World Teachers’ Day to express his appreciation to all Nigeria’s teachers, referring to them as “the usually unsung heroes of our country whose skill and commitment daily mould the minds of our country’s youth, our leaders of today and tomorrow".

Buhari regretted as “grave and unfortunate that the country’s teachers were often treated unfairly despite their essential services.

According to him, Teachers are the most important segment of workers in the country, invaluable for the essential work they do towards building the country’s future.

He said: “Teaching is a noble profession, wielding a strong influence by inspiring and educating our children. The values they inculcate stay with them for a lifetime".

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