Teachers Strike Over Pay, Pensions In England

Teachers in England have joined their Nigerian counterparts in embarking on a strike over pay, pensions and jobs thereby closing a plethora of schools across the country.

Teachers in London, Cumbria, the South East, North East and South West are taking part in the one-day strike. The action is part of a continuing campaign of regional strikes involving members of the NUT and NASUWT unions.

The government said the strike would “disrupt parents’ lives” and “hold back children’s education”. Large rallies have been planned for Bristol, London and Durham.

Teachers have objected to proposals by Education Secretary, Michael Gove to bring in performance-related pay, increase their workloads and make changes to their pensions.

‘No other choice’

A similar walkout by teachers took place in the east of England, the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber region on 1 October.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said the union regretted the disruption caused to pupils and parents but teachers felt they had “no other choice”.

She said: “Mr Gove has done nothing to address the crisis of low morale in the teaching profession which threatens the continued provision of high quality education.”

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said the “overwhelming majority of teachers” would be on strike.

She said: “Teachers are committed and dedicated public service workers. They do not take strike action lightly.

“No teacher has any wish to inconvenience parents or disrupt pupils’ education, but this action is not the failure, or due to the unreasonableness, of teachers.”

Plans for a national one-day walkout before Christmas have also been announced by the two unions.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said it was “disappointing” the NUT and NASUWT were taking industrial action.

The spokeswoman said: “All strikes will do is disrupt parents’ lives, hold back children’s education and damage the reputation of the profession

Ogun NULGE To Embark On Indefinite Strike

This may not be the best of time for the local government administration in Ogun State; south west Nigeria as its umbrella body, the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees; NULGE has announced an indefinite strike to press home their demands.

The indefinite strike action was announced   by the President of the union Mr. Tajudeen Olusesi in Abeokuta the state capital, saying that an agreement reached with executives of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in the state, was not implemented, hence, their decision to embark on the industrial action

According to him strike began after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum issued by the union for government to address all the issues.

The union said that all the local governments in the state were being confronted with various challenges ranging from non- payment of salaries as at when due, funding of primary school education, unpaid deductions from workers’ salaries among other issues.

The association however decried the state government unwillingness to place local government workers salaries and allowances on first line charge as it is being practiced in some South West states.

The union emphasized the need for the state government to share the burden of payment of primary school teachers instead of shifting it on the local governments.

Fashola describes Adesina as a fighter for justice

The Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola has eulogised the former governor of Oyo state and a National leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Lam Adeshina; who died at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos after a protracted illness saying the former governor is an honest politician, dogged fighter for justice and progressive causes.

Mr Fashola along with his counterparts from Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti states and the national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Bola Tinubu joined hundreds of well-wishers in Felele, Ibadan to bid farewell to a former Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adeshina on Sunday.

In a condolence message, Mr Fashola described Adeshina as a loyal disciple of the sage, Obafemi Awolowo, and a consummate administrator who was thoroughly grounded in the dialectics of the Yoruba.

While condoling with the family of the departed, his Oyo State counterpart, Abiola Ajimobi and the people of the South West in general, Mr Fashola said the former governor was a honest but shrewd politician who takes time to make up his mind on any issue adding that once convinced about the rightness of his decision it becomes difficult to dissuade him.

“Alhaji Lam Adeshina held his political beliefs firmly. He recognized the need to groom the younger generation and was never found wanting in promoting the interest of the youths”, he said.

Mr Fashola said Adeshina was a fighter who never shies away from a good cause, especially when it comes to the Yoruba cause.

“As the Governor of Oyo State, he left indelible marks in various facets, most especially in the education sector where he brought his professional acumen to bear. He would be remembered for his doggedness and steadfastness in ensuring that a progressive party runs the affairs of the South-West”, he said.

The Lagos State governor, who along with other governors and dignitaries condoled with the widow and family of the deceased shortly before the Janazah prayers, prayed that Almighty Allah would grant the Adesina’s soul Al-Janah Firdaus.

Hero of democracy

The Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun also joined other Nigerians to mourn the death of Adesina.

Mr Amosun described the ex-governor as one of the heroes of the democratic struggles in Nigeria. The governor noted that “his death came to us all as a rude shock.”

In a press statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Funmi Wakama, Mr Amosun said he joined millions of Nigerians to mourn the demise of an icon of democracy, whose tenure as governor of Oyo State was remarkable in every quarter of governance.

The governor however recalled the personal sacrifices made by late Adesina during the fight against military dictatorship, saying that “the reserve of democracy crusaders in the country has once again been depleted.”

He condoled with the family, friends and associates of the late politician as well as the leadership of the ACN in Oyo State and Nigeria, urging them to take solace in the fact that Adesina led an exemplary life.

The late Adeshina governed Oyo State from 1999 till 2003 under the Alliance for Democracy (AD) party.