NUT, governors at war

A fresh industrial action by teachers is brewing in some parts of the federation after the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) declared at the weekend that there is no going back on its warning to go on strike in states where the new teachers’ salary structure has not been implemented.

The president of the union, Michael Olukoya, told reporters in Abuja at the end of the 2013 edition of the union’s Solemn Assembly that at the expiration of the January 31st deadline the 18 affected states should brace up for teachers’ strike.

Some of the states are Cross River, Kebbi, Lagos, Ekiti, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, Abia, Nasarawa, Enugu , Benue , Kogi and Delta.

He said the teachers have been patient enough after the Governors’ Forum approved the new Teachers’ Salary Structure (TSS) for public schools in 2009.

Olukoya appealed to the affected state governments to ensure that their teachers are paid all their entitlements this month to avoid unpleasant consequences.

The NUT president also decried the decision of the Bauchi State Government to sack about 10, 000 teachers for possessing the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) certificate as basic teaching qualification.

He said the issue of NTI certificate is a matter of law.

He, therefore, urged the state government to withdraw its sack letters issued to the affected teachers for them to go back to work.

Olukoya, who also spoke on the lingering crisis in Plateau State , said the leadership of the union has approved the decision of the teachers in the state to return to the trenches.

He said after the Federal Government waded into the crisis in the state to end their industrial action, it was agreed that all workers be paid their salaries for three months in the first instance.

He added that NUT was miffed to have gathered that the state government refused to include teachers in the payment of the three month arrears paid to other category workers in the state.