3 Cartons of Noodles for 34 Teachers, More Lagos Teachers Reveal What They Got As COVID-19 palliatives – Sword Press Nigeria

The recent distribution of COVID-19 palliatives to teachers in Lagos State continue to generate conversations among primary and secondary school teachers as many of them rejected the food items they were given.

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Pulsereported that many teachers in Ojo Local Government Area of the state received a sachet of noodles and a sachet of biscuit as palliatives.

While the Chairman of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in the area, Tajudeen Oladipupo denied the report, saying no teacher was given such negligible food items, more teachers in primary and secondary schools in the state have confirmed that they received palliatives that tend to reduce their status.

The NUT chairman had argued that the teachers’ claims were not true because none of them reported to him.

He said, “When I got the palliatives from our state office, I moved them straight to the office of the Chairman, Association of Nigerian Primary School Teachers, who also doubles as the Chairman of headteachers in Ojo Local Government, and I handed them over to him and took some snapshots with him and the Deputy Chairman, and nobody has reported anything to me, if they have reported to you and have not reached out to me, I don’t think I have anything to say about it”.

Some teachers, who spoke to our source on condition of anonymity due to fear of intimidation said the distribution of the palliatives started shortly after schools resumed following the #EndSARS crisis in the state.

A secondary school teacher in District V said, three cartons of noodles were sent to the school for 34 teachers with an instruction that two cartons be given to the principal and vice-principal, while others would share one carton among themselves.

At a secondary school in Ajeromi Ifelodun, each teacher was given four sachets of noodles, a cup of rice, (milk tin), N100 Dangote sugar, and a tin of garri (tomato paste tin, aka de rica).

A teacher in Ojo Local Government said each teacher in her school went home with four sachets of noodles and two cups of rice.

Describing the palliatives as an eyesore, another teacher in the area said some of the food items like pasta sent to the school had gone so bad that their packages had torn and broken.

Another senior secondary school teacher at Amuwo Odofin area of the state disclosed that each teacher at his school was able to get four sachets of noodles because the school principal and vice-principal rejected the palliatives.

We could not share the sugar they gave us because it was too little to be shared. They also gave us two 5kg bags of rice for about 20 teachers in the school.”...

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