By Ateed Yusuf, Abuja
Primary School teachers under the umbrella of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in theFederal Capital Territory (FCT) have embarked on strike action to press home the implementation of the new national minimum wage.
The strike has received tremendous compliance as teachers were absence in their places of primary assignment when our correspondent visited some primary schools across the six Area Councils of the FCT.
Acting State Secretary NUT, Comrade Margaret Jethro after the Union’s emergency Executive meeting held at the Gwagwalada Teachers’ House, told newsmen that no teacher would resume work until the minimum wage arrears were paid.
She explained that the strike action is coming as the last resort following a series of correspondences with the six Area Council Chairmen and a seven-day ultimatum issued elapsed without positive results.
Comrade Jethro directed head teachers not to allow academic activities to take place when Schools fully re-opened until the National new wage policy is implemented at the basic level.
“Having exhausted all available industrial means without achieving the desired results, the Union hereby directs all Local Education Authority (LEA) Primary Schools teachers in FCT to proceed on indefinite strike from Monday 12th October, 2020.
“Moreover, all Primary School teachers in FCT are hereby advised to stay away from the classrooms and await further directives from the Union,” she added.
Contributing, some teachers who spoke with DAILY ASSET applauded the executive of the Union under the leadership of Comrade Stephen Knabayi for working round the clock to enhance the welfare of teachers in the FCT.
They also announced their unalloyed support for the executive with a view to giving them the opportunity to provide quality leadership throughout their tenure noting that tackling teachers’ plight as well as carrying all members along was the main reason they re-elected the executive for the second term in office.
The teachers cited some achievements of the executive to include construction of befitting NUT teachers’ House, completion of NUT Guest House, installation of transformers at the Secretariat, mobilisation of teachers to register with TRC, recruitment and promotion of NUT staff among others.
They appealed to the Chairmen of the Six Area Council as a matter of urgency to emulate the FCT administration and pay the new minimum wage without any further delay.