NUT Warns Against Unpaid Teachers’ Salaries

NUT, Teachers' SalariesThe national leadership of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has warned against the non-payment of salaries and other entitlements of teachers in most Nigerian states.

The NUT President, Micheal Olukoya, gave the warning on Tuesday during an emergency National Executive Council meeting of the union in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

He stated that such situation, if not properly addressed, could lead to an industrial dispute.

Mr Olukoya described the situation where teachers in some states were not being paid their salaries as totally unacceptable.

He appealed to the government at level to take the welfare of teachers in the country more seriously and ensure that their welfare was given proper attention in the interest of education development in Nigeria.

The NUT President equally expressed displeasure with the autonomy granted to the local governments in the management of primary school teachers’ salaries, rather than allowing the Universal Basic Education Board in each state to perform such function as enshrined in the law.

He urged the Federal Government to recruit only qualified teachers it promised to employ in 2016, noting that anything short of the right requirement for those employed might jeopardise the future of young Nigerians.

Olukoya further voiced his support for the ongoing strike by teachers in Bayelsa State as he pleaded with the state government to settle the six months unpaid teachers’ salaries.

The NUT members, on their part, emphasised that that the role of teachers to national development was one that could not be toyed with by any government.

They asked the Federal and state governments to urgently address all outstanding issues that could lead to any industrial action.

Nigerian Teachers Strike Over Kidnapped Girls, Killings Of Colleagues

NUT logoNigerian teachers have gone on strike and staged rallies nationwide on Thursday in protest against the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram sect and the killing of nearly as many teachers during its insurgency.

The President of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Micheal Olukoya, said that the sect had killed 173 teachers over five years.

In Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, where the insurgency has been most intense, around 40 teachers marched down a street to the office of Governor Kashim Shettima, chanting “bring back our girls” and holding placards saying “vulnerable schools should be fenced”.

Governor Shettima came to the gates of the compound to meet the teachers, who were clothed in black union vests over their long, flowing traditional robes and were escorted by the military.

In Lagos State, around 350 teachers gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park.

Public schools in the nation’s capital city, Abuja, however, remained opened in defiance of the directive by the Nigeria Union of Teachers.

Some teachers who spoke to Channels Television said that they were not issued with letters directing the closure of schools.

This follows two days of bloody attacks in the country, in which nearly 150 people have been killed.