Lagos - The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Lagos State on Friday accused the State Government of been insensitive to the welfare of teachers in the state.
The Chairman of the Union, Mr Kayode Idowu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview in Lagos that the nonchalant attitude of the government necessitated the planned strike.
Idowu had on Thursday announced that teachers in the state would embark on indefinite strike on Sept. 21, if the State Government failed to implement the 27.5 per cent increase in their salaries in line with the new Teachers Salary Scale.
He noted that the government failed to take advantage of the long vacation to address the union’s complaints.
He expressed sadness that the new academic session would be disrupted by the strike.
``Government does not value the education of our children. If they do, they will have used the holiday period to reach an agreement with us.
``Teachers are trying their best to ensure that the children receive the best education but government is not supportive.
``Government is not treating teachers with respect. It is sad that we have to go on strike and wait for so long before what is due to us is given to us.
``There is no going back on the planned strike on Sept. 21 over the non implementation of the 27.5 per cent Teachers Salary Structure (TSS) allowance because government is not considerate.
``We have been on this issue since 2008, so nobody can say teachers are not considerate because we have given the government enough time but they are toying with our welfare,’’ he said.
According to him, the State Government has only paid nine per cent out of the 27.5 per cent.
He said that the union had held several meetings with the government but no concrete agreement on when the full implementation would commence.
Idowu urged parents and other stakeholders to appeal to the government to yield to the teachers demand to avert the proposed strike.