BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI—EBONYI State chapter of Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Tuesday flouted the directive by the national leadership of the union for a strike as schools visited by Vanguard were seen discharging their official activities to students.
National executive of NUT had directed 11 state chapters of the union to commence an indefinite strike over non-payment of 27.5 per cent teachers’ peculiar allowance, known as TSS, by the affected states’ government.
The affected states, according to the NUT National President, Comrade Michael Olukoya, are: Benue, Cross River, Bornu, Ekiti, Ogun, Ebonyi, Edo, Kogi, Niger, Zamfara and Sokoto.
A member of the state NUT executive who did not want his name mentioned, told Vanguard that a committee made up of stakeholders in the educational sector in the state had been set up to look into the matter.
He said: “Because the state government has set up a high powered committee headed by the state Deputy Governor, Engr Dave Umahi, to dialogue and arrive at an amicable solution with the union, we are not going on strike.
“We may still join in the strike if no amicable and acceptable agreement is reached between the union and government at the end of negotiations.”
However, all public schools in the state continued with their normal academic activities when Vanguard visited the schools yesterday.
Some of the teachers who spoke to Vanguard, said they were directed to continue normal academic activities, while the union continued its dialogue with the state government on the issue.
Comrade Joseph Nweke, state chairman of the union, refused to confirm or deny the reported dialogue between the state government and union when contacted on phone.
Commissioner for Education, Prince Chibueze Agbo, and Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Relations, Comrade John Nwaokerekwu, could not be reached for comments at press time.