Negotiations are on between federal government and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on the type of houses to be built for teachers under the Housing for All Teachers Scheme (HATS), Minister of state for education Barrister Nyesom Wike has said.
Wike spoke at the weekend during a live phone-in interactive session on Ben Television in London where he answered questions from Nigerians in the United Kingdom on developments in the nation’s basic education sub-sector.
Media Assistant to the Minister, Simeon Nwakaudu said in a statement that the negotiations also involve the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, expected to provide funding for the programme.
He said: “The federal ministry of education is working with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to fashion out a pragmatic funding model that would suit the Nigerian teachers. That is why we have involved the NUT in the process and they would be active participants all through the programme. The essence of this programme is to boost the morale of our teachers.
Wike said government has spent over N10billion in the last one year training and re-training teachers and basic education managers through grants to states, directly monitored by officials of the administration.
“We are open to suggestions that will improve the quality of basic education in the country. We are working out collaborations with nongovernmental organizations and major stakeholders to achieve necessary growth. Education will be turned around to help Nigerian children compete globally,” the Minister said.