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Lagos teachers suspend strike

26 September 2012, 13:04

Lagos - The Nigeria Union of Teachers, Lagos State Chapter, has announced the suspension of the two-day old strike by teachers in public primary and secondary schools in the state.

The NUT Chairman, Mr Samson Idowu, made the announcement at the end of the union’s meeting with Gov. Babatunde Fashola in Ikeja on Tuesday night.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the teachers had on Sept. 24 declared an indefinite strike to press home the implementation of their 27.5 per cent peculiar allowance.

``Following the resolutions reached with the Lagos State Government, the NUT has resolved to go back to work,’’ Idowu told NAN on telephone.

Mrs Mary Ikhabomeh, a member of the State Executive Committee of the union, also told NAN that the suspension was ``conditional’’.

Ikhabomeh said Fashola had promised to commence the payment of the allowance by Jan. 2013.

She said:``Our governor has promised that he would implement our demands in Jan. 2013 and that is why we have decided to give him a chance".

NUT President, Mr Michael Olukoya, had on July 10 directed teachers in 19 states, including Lagos, to commence an indefinite strike if the allowance was not paid by the end of August.

The National Council on Education, chaired by the Minister of Education with state commissioners for education as members, had in 2008 approved a teachers’ salary structure with a 27.5 per cent allowance.



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