By PETER DURU
MAKURDI— Benue State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, yesterday, called off its two weeks old industrial action over non-payment of the N18,000 minimum wage to teachers.
This was sequel to the acceptance by the state government to start payment of the new wage from August 1, 2013.
Addressing newsmen in Makurdi the state capital, the state Chairman of the union, Comrade Godwin Anya said teachers called off the strike following the assurances by the state government that it would implement the new minimum wage from the agreed date.
In a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, which was also signed by both parties and facilitated by the Secretary General of the NUT, Obong Obong and made available to newsmen, the state government agreed to “implement the minimum wage applicable to Benue State to primary school teachers.’’
The MoU further stated: “that the state wing of NUT shall immediately call off the strike in the state and direct its members to resume work on Monday, June 17, 2013, yesterday.
“That the actual date to commence the implementation of the new uniform salary structure in Benue State shall be August 1, 2013.”
When asked about possible payment of arrears, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Alex Adum who presided over the briefing, said that full details of the resolution were known to the union officials.
Adum however, said that there was no difference between the salary structure of the state civil servants and the teachers in the state.