The Edo State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has served a twenty-day ultimatum on Edo State Government to urgently resolve all issues in contention with the union failing which teachers in the state will embark on indefinite strike to press home their demands.
Rising from its State Wing Executive Council Meeting, the NUT called on government to financially implement the approved 2013 to 2015 primary school teachers’ promotion with the arrears of January to July, 2018 in the August, 2018 payrolls.
In a statement signed by the state NUT Chairman, Comrade Pius Okhueleigbe and the Acting State Secretary, Moni Mike Modesty Itua, the state NUT said the consequential increases arising from the Twenty-five Thousand Naira minimum wage approved for all workers in Edo State in May, 2016 be also implemented in August, 2018 payrolls of primary school teachers with all arrears included.
Among others, the union also said as a matter of urgency, Edo state government should implement the already approved new nomenclatures for graduate teachers in primary schools just as it called on government to provide subventions to schools as teachers can no longer used their meager salaries to provide instructional materials for teaching and learning in schools.
While expressing worries at over depleted manpower in public primary and secondary schools, Edo NUT called for the recruitment of more teachers before resumption of a new academic session in September, 2018.
The teachers said they are averse to the present procedure of unilateral deduction from their salaries for the National Housing Scheme without their consent and asked that all deductions so far made in that regard should be refunded and further deductions stopped.
The State Wing Executive Council called on all well-meaning Edo citizens to prevail on the state government to meet the demands of the teachers in order to guarantee continuous industrial peace in the education sector and appealed to all public schools teachers to remain calm and await further directives from the state Wing Executive Council.
Reacting to the issues raised, the Edo State Commissioner for Education, Emmanuel Agbale said government is aware of the teacher’s demands and is presently dialoguing with the leadership of the Edo State wing of the NUT.