Lagos and Ogun teachers threaten to down tools from Monday

by Isi Esene

The Lagos and Ogun State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) have given their respective state governments September 24 this year to pay the 27.5 Teachers Salary Scale or face an indefinite strike action.

The Lagos NUT chairman, Comrade Samson Idowu, disclosed this at Alausa recently at the launch of the e-teaching learning process for teachers.

Comrade Idowu said the union will follow through on its threat if the government fails to accede to its demands.

He reportedly said: “We are looking forward to resume the new academic session as scheduled, unless we are barred by the inaction of the government on the full payment of 27.5 TSA to our teachers.

“The strike is not a warning strike because we have waited for long. Come 24th of this month, we shall embark on indefinite strike.

“We had a meeting with the Lagos State government recently and they said the balance would be included in the 2013 budget. This should not be so. Why do teachers have to wait so long? We are not going to relent on our proposed strike until the Lagos State government hearkens to our demand. We want this money paid this year. This money has been due since 2008”, he said.

It appears the teachers can no longer wait for heaven to get their reward, who can blame them?

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