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Ogun teachers begin strike

*Over non-implementation of TSS

By Kolade Larewaju

ABEOKUTA—THE Nigeria Union of Teachers, in Ogun State, has directed all teachers in the state public primary schools, to embark on indefinite strike as from today, over the non-implementation of the 27.5 per cent Teachers Salary Scale, TSS.

The directive was contained in a statement by the Principal Assistant Secretary General of the union, Chief Wale Oyeniyi, which was made available to newsmen yesterday in Abeokuta.

Oyeniyi said the teachers would stay away from their classrooms until the Chairmen in all the 20 local governments pay the new salary structure as approved by the Ogun State Government.

Fingers councils’ chairmen

Oyeniyi said the commencement of the strike was sequel to the refusal of the chairmen and other stakeholders concerned to implement the 27.5 per cent Teachers’ Peculiar Allowance, TPA, which according to him, had been implemented by the state government for the post-primary school teachers.

It would be recalled that the teachers embarked on strike which lasted for two months in 2009, due to the inability of the government to commence the payment.

The teachers were advised to stay away from school pending the directive of the NUT over the matter. He said: “Headmasters and teachers in all public primary schools in Ogun State have been directed to commence an indefinite strike until the authorities of local government councils in the state pay 27.5 per cent Teachers Salary Structure,TSS, as approved by Ogun State Government.

“The commencement of the strike action is sequel to the refusal of the authorities of the 20 local government councils in the state to implement the 27.5 per cent Teachers Peculiar Allowance, TPA, which has already been implemented by the state government for the post-primary schools teachers.  “Head teachers and teachers are expected to stay at home until further directive by the Ogun State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers.”


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