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Borno teachers strike

05 June 2013, 14:14

Abuja - Teachers in Borno State of have gone on an indefinite strike, worsening an already dire situation.

The educators are asking for an 18 000 Naira (US$1 080) minimum wage.

About 2 000 primary and secondary level schools across the state are affected. Some schools in Sokoto and Benue States are also affected.

The state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Bulama Abiso, said the strike was in compliance with the communiqué reached by the union’s National Executive Committee following a meeting held in Asaba in April where government pledged to address the teacher’s grievances.

They had insisted on embarking on a strike effective June 1.

“It is unfortunate that teachers under the state payroll are receiving only N4 000, compared to their counterparts on the payroll of the national government who are receiving N20 000 per month,” said Abiso.

The strike compounds the situation in Borno, one of the states affected by the Boko Haram acts of insurgency in recent weeks.

As a result of the problems, which have seen some schools attacked, and the subsequent declaration of the state of emergency, some children were unable to attend school.

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