The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Thursday issued a September deadline for states yet to pay the 27.5 per cent allowance to their teachers to do so or face an indefinite strike.
The National President of the union, Mr Michael Olukoya, gave the deadline in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Olukoya said that the union had resolved that the affected states would proceed on strike if nothing was done at the expiration of the deadline.
According to him, the struggle for the Teachers Special Allowance started since 2008, “and at the last count, 17 states are yet to comply with the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
“And this was what informed the NUT to call for a meeting, where we resolved that the states affected will proceed on strike on the assumption of the new academic session in September.”
Olukoya said the proposed two weeks ultimatum earlier planned for defaulting state governments on July 10 was not carried out due to the intervention of the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i.
He said that the minister had promised to speak to the affected state governors to ensure that the allowances were paid.
He added that the strike earlier declared in July was postponed due to the fact that students across the country were writing their promotion examination.
The union leader however, said that some state governors were insisting that their teachers should undergo a competence test.
Olukoya said that the union as a body had no argument over its members undergoing a competence test, but that it should not be anti-labour or punitive.
“We will support any test that our various governments conduct not with the aim of downsizing our members,” he added.