The National Union of Teachers (NUT) National Secretariat has directed her members nationwide to join the national strike, declared from Tuesday by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to press home for a new national minimum wage. This was made known on Monday by the national secretariat of the union who directed her members nationwide to comply via circular.
Ibrahim Umar, the Niger State branch Chairman of the union, disclosed this while briefing newsmen after the State Executive Council meeting held at the Teachers House. He emphasized that the NUT was irrevocably committed to the strike.
“National Minimum Wage has to do with all workers no union will be exempted from the strike, teachers are part of the NLC so we will join the strike if it is declared,” Umar declared.
Umar commended the Niger State government for the regular payment of teachers’ salaries and advised the administration to implement promotion of teachers that have been due since 2015. “The state government should regularise the release and implementation of our members’ promotion at both primary and post-primary school levels,” he said and also commended the state government “for keeping faith in the area of regular payment of teachers’ salaries in the state and also putting genuine efforts towards providing an ideal environment for teaching and learning to take place in our schools”.
Umar further advised the government to send a bill to the House of Assembly to change the retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years or 30 to 35 years in service because “experience is the best teacher”.
The NUT chairman also asked the government to recruit teachers to fill the vacancies created by death, retirement, and movement to other professions, saying the population of teachers in the state had as a result reduced from 30,000 to less than 27,000.
Umar said the Teachers Micro Finance Bank established with a capital base of N100 million now has branches in the 25 local government areas while over 20,000 teachers were now benefiting from the banks.
In the same vein, ASUU declared a nationwide strike on Sunday at the Federal University of Technology, Akure during its national Executive Committee Meeting. Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), said on Monday that the, “ … government has once again forced us into this strike as the last option. It will be comprehensive, total and indefinite.
“ASUU will not go back on the action”, Ogunyemi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the telephone.