As students in public schools resume from their long vacation today, pupils of 18 states are expected to meet their school gates under lock and key even as Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, embark on indefinite strike today over payment of 27.5 percent Teachers Salary Structure, TSS.
Speaking with Vanguard in a telephone chat, Chairman, Lagos State chapter of NUT, Mr. Samson Idowu, restated the commitment of the union to proceed on indefinite strike today adding, “since Lagos State government failed to meet the deadline, there is no going back on the strike slated for Monday.” Some of the affected states, that are yet to pay the 27.5 percent TSS include, Lagos, Abia, Cross River, Katsina, Delta, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi, Enugu, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Niger and Zamfara.
However, it was learnt, yesterday, that Ondo State chapter of NUT may not participate in the strike slated for today on the ground that the political opponents of Labour Party will want to seize the opportunity of the strike to campaign against the ruling party in a move calculated to unseat the incumbent governor during October gubernatorial election. According to a source close to the state NUT, who does not want to be named: “I doubt if the NUT in Ondo State will comply with the national president’s directive to declare industrial action in the state as we have not been officially informed of the strike, which commences tomorrow (today) in the 18 states that defaulted in paying teachers their TSS.”
The source said that the reason why the strike may not hold in the state was due to the fact that the state NUT chairman is from the same place with the incumbent governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko. Teachers in 18 states of the federation are proceeding on indefinite strike over non-payment of 27.5 percent TSS as agreed in 2008, during the late President Yar’Adua’s administration.