The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Niger State branch has declared an indefinite strike from May 4, 2021.
The union said in a statement released to journalists in Minna yesterday that the strike was called after a resolution by the NUT’s state Working Executive Committee on April 30, 2021, during which the failure of the state government to meet the organization’s demands after it suspended a previous strike last February was discussed.
The statement was signed by Ibrahim Umar, the state chairman of the union; Labaran Garba, the NUT Principal Assistant Secretary-General; Ahmed Jafaar, the ANCOPS state president; and Fatima Abdullahi Kutigi, the OPSHON Chairperson.
Among the union’s demands are the immediate implementation of a N30,000 minimum wage for primary school teachers in grades 7 and above, as well as the payment of primary school teachers’ October 2020 salaries and the refund of all teachers’ April 2021 salary cuts.
The union also requested an immediate refund of five months’ end-well scheme, unpaid members’ deductions, and union dues/check-off dues, as well as security guards for all schools in the state, according to the document.
“The attention of the union has also been drawn to the fact that 70 percent will be paid to primary school teachers as salaries for the month of April. This development is hereby rejected by the union, as it will only accept 100 percent salary payment,” the statement added.
The union went on to say that teachers have always been regarded as second-class citizens at all levels of the state and that this would no longer be tolerated.
Meanwhile, attempts to get Hajia Hannatu Jibrin Salihu, the state’s commissioner of education, to comment on the matter were fruitless.