By Peter Duru
MAKURDI – Teachers of Benue State Government-owned secondary schools, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), yesterday, commenced a five-day warning strike to press home their demands for improved remunerations and conditions of service.
Part of the agitation of the aggrieved teachers is the demand for a 27 per cent salary increment for teaching staff of all government secondary schools in the state.
When Vanguard visited some of the secondary schools within Makurdi metropolis, they were all under lock and key, while it was also gathered that students who showed up for lectures in the morning were chased home by aggrieved teachers.
Commenting on the development, the Assistant Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Benue State Chapter, Comrade Emmanuel Jumpa stressed that ASUSSâ€™s action was in furtherance of an earlier action called by the state chapter of the NUT which was intended for both primary and secondary schoolsâ€™ teachers.
Jumpa told Vanguard that though ASUSS had earlier declined the call to join the action on the premise that it was not affiliated to the NUT, current developments point to the fact that they have keyed into the agitations of the NUT.