By Vera Opene
Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Delta State Wing, Mr Titus Okotie, has charged members of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals, ANCOPSS, not to allow the gimmicks of Academic Staff Union of Secondary School, ASUSS, shortchange teachers in the state.
Okotie said that NUT and ANCOPSS, play vital leadership roles in the educational system that add value to the sector, urging them to rededicate themselves for better service delivery.
The NUT boss, who spoke at ANCOPSS State Wing Executive Council meeting in his goodwill message atUghelli, Delta State, noted that the challenges facing the educational sector were enormous but “there is hope if we make correction.”
Okotie said that NUT remains the only professional body and a trade union organisation saddled with the responsibility of negotiating with relevant authorities for a better working condition of its members.
He stressed that recognition given to ASUSS by the state government only implies that constitutionally, they have freedom of association, where they can levy only their members in secondary schools, noting that they cannot compel non- members to either join or impose levy on them.
“The agreement reached between the state government and ASUSS in 2013 was for it to operate as an association under the mother union, NUT, like ANCOPSS and AOPSHON,” lamenting that this had been misconstrued by those he described as self-made leaders of ASUSS.
Okotie appealed to,ANCOPSS and teachers to joined hands in protecting the indivisibility of NUT, as it was bequeathed to the teaching profession since 1931 by their founding fathers.
State President of ANCOPSS, Mr Mark Brisibe thanked the ,NUT boss for enlightening the group about the position of ASUSS, explaining that it will enable its members to further give the true position of the issues to their teachers.
Brisibe urged ANCOPSS members to behave responsively, maturely by playing advisory role and not deprived teachers working under them from joining ASUSS.