May 15, 2021

Voluntary Agency Schools Cry Out For N4 Billion Backlog Of Grants

Timothy Alamba

Principals of Voluntary Agency Schools in Plateau State have called on their Proprietors to appeal to the government to pay their backlog of grants for the past 8 years amounting to about N4 billion.

The Vice Chairman National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) Plateau State chapter, Rev.Timothy Chinyang made the appeal recently when he led a five man delegation to the COCIN President on a courtesy visit.

Rev. Chinyang said few staff of the 38 schools are grant-aided and for over 8 years, nothing has been given for their salaries. “All efforts made through the Plateau State Ministry of Education to get our due have not yielded any result”, he said.

He also added “If there is any time we urgently need this money is now. This is because as you are all aware, our schools have been closed since March 2020. As a result, the school fees and levies, which are our only sources of income for paying staff salaries and wages are no more.”

The COCIN President, Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri in response appreciated the team for their laudable initiative. He also observed that most of them are from community schools that are easing the burden on the government and thus the need for the government to be eager to pay the grants.

He promised that as Proprietors and Heads of Churches, they are going to take up the issue with the Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. Bar. Simon Bako Lalong.

The COCIN President, Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri playing host to Principals of Voluntary Agency Schools