As the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Lagos State chapter began strike action yesterday to fight for the full implementation of 27.5 per cent Teachers Salary Scale(TSS) some teachers who are members of another union called Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), have shunned the strike.
The Chairman of ASUSS, Mr. Kazeem Alabi, disclosed this to LEADERSHIP in a telephone interview yesterday, saying that they have allocated class and subjects to their members in order to start teaching.
According to him, “our members went to school yesterday and we allocated classroom, and subjects they are to teach for each of them”. Alabi maintained that Ogun State NUT suspended the strike on Monday, adding that the strike is not effective as far as he was concerned.
In Lagos, most students were found roaming the streets after they were sent out of schools. The obviously disappointed children wondered aimlessly around their school premises playing football on the field while many others spilled into the streets.
At the Ojodu Junior High School , teachers were seen discussing in groups while many of the students walked aimlessly on the side of the busy Ogba Isheri road. The story was not different at All Saints Inclusive Special School and Bishop Oluwole Primary on Iju Road, Pen Cinema as well as Keke Senior High School, Dairy Farm Senior and Junior Schools all at Agege. Students of the schools were seen loitering around the school premises and on the streets while heading home.
Additional reports from Ejigbo Senior/Junior High Schools, Ejigbo model Primary School., Oba Moruuf Primary School , Fadu Primary School , and Ayo Adegboyega Primary School all within the Isolo Local Council Area showed that the aggrieved teachers complied with the strike action as directed by NUT.
However, at the time of filling this report, the State Chairman of the union, Comrade Samson Idowu sent a message to our correspondent that he was in a meeting.