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27.5% enhanced salary: NUT declares indefinite strike in some States of the Federation


The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has asked its members in 18 states yet to implement the 27.5 per cent Teachers’ Enhanced Salary and N18, 000 minimum wage to proceed on an indefinite strike with effect from June 1, 2013.

The affected states are: Benue, Cross River, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Ekiti, Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Nassarawa, Zamfara, Plateau, Taraba, Borno, Kogi, Niger and Sokoto.

NUT also condemned the purported plan by the Federal Government to scrap the National Examination Council (NECO) and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

These were some of the resolutions of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the NUT, held in Asaba, Delta State between April 17 and 18, as contained a communiqué made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.

It was gathered that the meeting was called to deliberate extensively on the state of education, national security and welfare of teachers in Nigeria.

The communiqué signed by the National President of NUT, Comrade Michael Alogba Olukoya; National Secretary, Obong Obong, and its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Suleiman Gambari, described education in Nigeria as currently on a dangerous precipice.

It read in part: “The NEC-in-session observed with dismay and increasing frustration, reluctance and foolhardiness of some state governments to pay the 27.5per cent Teachers Enhance Allowance, and in some cases refusal to pay the N18,000 minimum wage discriminately against teachers.  

“It is the considered view of NEC in session that after the intervention of both the ministers of Labour and Education whose calls and intervention had staved off threatened strikes of the Union in the past, it is the resolute opinion of NEC-in-Session that such states must have resolved to take the Union for a ride and to disregard, while holding in contempt the authorities of the Federal Government through its relevant ministries.

“The NEC-in-session, therefore, called on its state wings where state government has continued to dishonour the Union and higher authorities in the country by refusing to pay 27.5 per cent Teachers Enhance Allowance and N18,000 minimum wage to the teachers, to commence a stay-at-home strike with effect from the 1st of June 2013.

“Where such strike is allowed to take place, such State wings are not allowed to suspend the strike until the demands are met or at the instance of the National Headquarters of the Union,” the communiqué said.

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