BEVERLY HILLS, January 13, (THEWILL) – As schools across the country reopen for academic activities on Monday, January 18, public primary school students in Edo state will be staying back at home, as teachers in the state have warned all parents to keep their children and wards away from schools.
The teachers under the auspices of Edo Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), State Council, gave the warning in a notice of commencement of an indefinite strike, beginning from Monday.
In a communique issued at the end of its enlarged State Wing Executive Council (SWEC), in Benin City on Tuesday 12th, January, 2021, NUT noted that the indefinite strike was as a result of the failure of the state government to meet its 10-points age-long demands, after the expiration of the 21-day and 14-day ultimatums earlier issued to the state government.
The communiqué was signed by Pius Okhueleigbe, state chairman, Moni Mike Modesty Itua, assistant secretary-general and three others.
The communiqué directed “all public primary school heads and teachers in the eighteen local government areas of Edo State should unfailingly embark on an indefinite strike action from 12:00 am (early morning) of Monday 18th January, 2021 and ensure that all teaching and learning tools in their possessions are completely put in off-mode.”
The teachers commended the Education Committee of the State House of Assembly, Controller of Labour, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), for their interventions.
They however expressed dismay over the glaring and persistent non-challant attitude of the state government by not initiating attempts at meeting with the union during the period of the ultimatums to dialogue on the issues.
This is even as they advised school-heads and parents to disregard any form of propaganda, blackmail, announcements, pronouncements and intimidation against the “lawful decisions”of the union for the period of the strike from any quarter.
The union however called on all lovers of education, well-meaning citizens and institutions in the state to prevail on the state government to meet the demands of the union.
The unionists listed their demands as the payment of the 2013 to 2015 promotion arrears of teachers in Oredo, Orhionmwon and Uhunmwode local government areas.
Others are reinforcement and guarantee of the payment of primary school teachers monthly salaries, on or before the 27th day of every month as directed by Governor Godwin Obaseki, correct implementation of the 30 per cent Special Allowance for Teachers in schools for challenged children and all arrears.