The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has alleged that the National Teachers Institute (NTI) short-charged its members to the tune of N1.437 billion during the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) training programme for 2011.
The NUT President, Micheal Olukoya, made the accusation at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.
He accused the institute of paying each participant only N2, 500 stipends for transportation and accommodation for the six- day training instead of the approved N14,000 per participant.
“In the modern day Nigeria socio-economic predicament, the NTI is offering N2, 500 daily to teachers to carter for transportation, accommodation and feeding.
“The question here is what happened to the balance of N11,500 per participants amounting to the total of N1,437,5000,000 for the 125,000 participants,” Mr. Olukoya asked.
Mr. Olukoya, who condemned NTI’s action, accused it of underrating the worth and integrity of teachers.
“Where in Nigeria can you find a night accommodation along with transportation fare for N416?”
The NUT president called for immediate payment of the balance of N11, 500 to each participant. He said failure to do so would lead to boycott of future NTI and MDGs training programmes.
He also decried the non-implementation of the 27.5 per cent Teachers Peculiar Allowance by some state governments.
He said that the erring states include: Cross River, Kebbi, Lagos, Ekiti, Kogi, Katsina, Delta, Zamfara, Niger, Abia, Nasarawa, Enugu and Benue.
Conversely, the NTI, through its Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Abdullahi, said the allegation that the NTI defrauded the teachers to the tune of N1.4billion is false.
He said the institute had yet to receive the approved funds for the training from the Federal Government.
Mr. Abdullahi added that the institute at a recent meeting with members of the union, intimated them of the delay in the release of the funds.