The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has directed primary school teachers to resume their suspended strike on Monday, 15th of January, 2024, until further notice.
This was contained in a communique dated 12th of January, 2024, following an emergency meeting of the State Wing Standing Committee.
The communique was co-signed by the chairman of the NUT in the FCT, Abdullahi Shafas, the Secretary, Mrs Margaret Jethro and the Publicity Secretary, Ibukun Adekeye.
The SWSC also urged secondary school teachers to join the strike from 22nd of January, if the demands of the primary school teachers were not met before 19th of January, 2024.
The union had embarked on indefinite strike action on 11th of September, 2023, to demand the implementation of a 40% peculiar allowance, and payment of 25 months minimum age arrears, among other arrears.
The NUT stated that despite suspending the strike for six weeks, which expired on 7th of November, 2023, “nothing positive has taken place”, adding that the SWSC had no choice but to order the resumption of the strike, following the failure of the minister and the area council chairmen to attend to their demands.
The communique read in part, “We are concerned that a series of meetings have taken place, but the primary school teachers remain in a pathetic situation and continue to bear the brunt of the high cost of living attributable to the removal of fuel subsidies without succour from anywhere.
“Saddened by the suffering of the Teachers and the un-willingness of the area council chairmen to pay the teachers these aforementioned entitlements, including the delay in the minister’s intervention, the State Wing Standing Committee in – Session has no other option than to direct all primary school teachers in the FCT to resume the suspended strike to further press home her demands. The strike will take effect from Monday, January 15, 2024.
“The SWSC-on-Session equally resolved that if the outstanding demands of the primary school teachers are not paid before Friday, January 19, 2024, all secondary school teachers in FCT will join in solidarity with effect from Monday, January 22, 2024 – an injury to one is an injury to all.”
Consequently, the union urged parents to keep their children in primary schools at home from Monday.