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NUT insists on strike over allowance

28 May 2013, 15:14

Abuja- The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has reaffirmed its decision to proceed on an indefinite strike from June 1 in the states that are yet to implement the 27.5 per cent Teachers Enhanced Allowance.

NUT National President Michael Olukoya told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that the union had resolved that the strike would proceed if nothing was done at the expiration of its deadline.

According to him, the states included Benue, Cross River, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Ekiti, and Osun.

Others are Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Nasarawa, Zamfara, Plateau, Taraba, Borno, Kogi, Niger and Sokoto states.

Olukoya said that the decision to embark on an indefinite strike was taken on April 17 at the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Asaba.

He said that the Senate Committee on Education had on May 23, invited the union officials and the governors whose states were yet to implement the allowance to a meeting over the threat by the union.

He said that the meeting with the Senate Committee on Education was stalled, adding that the committee had called on the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, to plead with the affected state governors to comply.

"Also, some of the state governors are yet to implement the N18 000 minimum wage, which was approved by the Federal Government.

"For us in the NUT, the strike is the only remaining option left for us now. We have been very patient since 2008,’’ he said.

-  NAN


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