FACT CHECK: Did the FG Agree to Pay Private School Teacher’s Salary owed During the Lockdown?

VERDICT: True

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, several online platforms reported that the Federal Government of Nigeria had agreed to pay salaries of private school teachers owed during the lockdown. 

The report credited to a statement by the President of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Yomi Otubela, who had said that only private schools registered under its association would benefit from the FG’s bailout.

According to the report, the proposal has been sent to the Economic Sustainability Committee headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and approved by the Federal Executive Council.

FACT: 

Fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) contacted the office of the Vice President to verify the information. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant-Media and Publicity to Professor Osinbajo confirmed the report.

Akande said private schools and other qualified Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMES) would benefit from the payroll support after some criteria have been spelt out.

He said: “The FG will receive staff information from the benefiting MSMES and money sent directly to the affected staff.’’ 

In addition, the Vice President while speaking at the 2020 edition of the Micro Small And Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) awards said private schools will benefit from the government’s stimulus package.

Professor Osinbajo said the stimulus package would cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the schools.

“In that plan which essentially envisages an overall N2.3 trillion stimulus package, we made extensive provision for financial support to MSMEs, ranging from a guaranteed off-take scheme to a survival fund that includes a payroll support programme for qualifying businesses,”  Professor Osinbajo said.

He said guaranteed off-take scheme seeks to provide support for MSMEs, manufacturing local products by guaranteeing the purchase from them of qualifying products such as face masks, hand sanitizer, PPE for medical workers.

He also said the products will be distributed to Nigerians, Nigerian institutions and entities that would require them.

“The survival fund will help provide payroll support to MSMEs with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 50 staff. The MSMEs that qualify for these will make available their payroll for verification by the government,’ he added.

CONCLUSION

The claim that the Federal Government has agreed to pay the salaries of private school teacher’s owed by the schools during the lockdown is true.

However, we cannot confirm at this moment the requirements such as membership of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS).

CDD, therefore, urges members of the public to always verify all information before disseminating them.

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