ABUJA—The Nigerian Un ion of Teachers, NUT, said yesterday, that nine states were yet to comply with payment of 27.5 per cent Teachers Enhanced Allowance, TEA, and minimum wage of N18,000, vowing that strike would continue in those states.
NUT National President, Mr. Michael Olukoya, who disclosed this in Abuja against the backdrop of ongoing strike in the affected states, listed the states to include Ebonyi, Ekiti, Ogun, Edo, Kogi, Borno, Benue, Zamfara and Sokoto.
He said the decision to embark on an indefinite strike was taken on April 17 at the union’s National Executive Council, NEC, meeting which held in Asaba, Delta State.
He said: “While some state governments, after much struggle, have come to terms with the provisions of the agreement, it is regrettable that 5 years after, nine states are still in their season of prevarications.”
He said the decision by the NEC for NUT state wings to commence strike was painful in view of the children and parents who would bear the brunt, but noted that NUT had no other choice when dialogue and negotiations had failed.
Olukoya said the respective state wings of the union had been sufficiently mobilised towards a strike to restore teachers’ integrity and honour.
He said: “Given our patience, endurance and sacrifice so far, shall we watch with our hands akimbo and expect these recalcitrant governments to ride roughshod on our teachers’ rights and privileges? No! “We cannot afford to remain a laughing stock of our members who are quick to see us a toothless bulldog.”