The Ogun Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has embarked on an indefinite strike over the state government’s failure to pay their peculiar allowances.
The state’s NUT Chairman, Dare Ilekoya, announced the industrial action, saying that Ogun was one of the 13 states yet to effect the payment of the allowances.
“Teachers in both secondary and primary schools in Ogun should stay at home with effect from June 1,” he declared. Mr. Ilekoya recalled that the government had in August 2008 signed an agreement with the union to implement an increase of 27.5 per cent of their basic salary as peculiar allowance.
Adding that the agreement was implemented between January 2010 and January 2011, he expressed regret over what he described as “abrupt stoppage of the allowance” “NUT’s efforts to make the government see reason have not yielded any fruit and therefore, we cannot continue to remain a laughing stock.
We are ready to bark and bite until we see that teachers’ demand on the issue of 27.5 per cent allowance is actualised in Ogun,” he said.
When contacted, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, John Odebela, said, “Let us wait and see whether they will commence the strike or not.
If by Monday, our teachers are not in class, then you can say that teachers are on strike in Ogun,” he said.