By Dayo Adesulu
The one-month-old teachersâ€™ strike in Lagos over the implementation of the Teachers Salary Structure has been called off as teachers, pupils and students are expected to resume today.
Chairman of NUT Lagos wing, Mr Samson Idowu Kayode, yesterday said the directive to suspend the strike came from the national leadership of the union in anticipation that the Lagos State government would make good the promise made when the state government dialogued with the union leadership on September 30, 2009.
According to the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Sarah Sosan, government has agreed to pay the TSS but will take effect from January 2010. Reacting, Idowu said the state government still needed to pay the arrears from August to December since the agreement on TSS took effect from August 6, 2009.
According to the NUT Secretary, Mr Jamiu Idris,the total amount expected from the state government every month for the enhanced teachersâ€™ salary is about N250 million.
Governor Babatunde Fashola hadÂ cited reasons why the state could not immediately meet teachers demand, includuing that it was not in the current state budget; the global economy meltdown and the rising population of the state, stressing that the state population has increased from 17 million in 2006 to close to 25 million in 2009, thereby increasing the total number of primary schools to,030 and 605 secondary schools, bringing the total number of students to 27,000 besides private schools,
It would be recalled that teachers in Lagos State, on March 13, suspended their two weeks old strike after the state government threatened to sack some of their colleagues in order to meet their demands.