By Festus Ahon
ASABA—CHAIRMAN of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Delta State wing, Mr Jonathan Jemirieyigbe, yesterday said teachers in public primary and secondary schools in the state would suspend the ongoing strike in a few days.
Jemiriegbe who spoke to newsmen after a closed door meeting with the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, said, “Between now and Monday, we will call off the strike. We had a very fruitful discussion with the governor. We are Deltans and the governor, Senator Okowa, is a good man, dealing with us the way a father deals with his children.”
He described Governor Okowa as labour-friendly, adding: “The governor is not a bad person as being portrayed by some people in the media. He has done a lot for us and we appreciate him.”
Governor Okowa had expressed the hope that the teachers would go back to their classrooms, saying, “We had a fruitful meeting and we discussed issues concerning the teachers and how to move our state forward.”
Those who were present at the meeting, included the Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour Matters, Mr Mike Okeme, select local government chairmen and top members of the NUT, among others.