MINIMUM WAGE: NUT threatens to shut down primary school system in Delta

Nigerian Teachers Union… vote of confidence on Okowa… Its action is politically motivated-Ossai By Festus Ahon ASABA-NIGERIA The teachers union, NUT, Weekend, has threatened to shut down the primary school system in the state if the government of Delta State was failing to resolve overdue minimum wage payment issues, stagnation of grade 14 primary school teachers, among others, within two weeks. The Union has pledged to lead all elementary school teachers in the state in an outreach and two-day peaceful protest to announce its resolution to shut down the state’s elementary school system. READ ALSO Schools Resumption: Lagos frowns on non-compliance, says many private schools are still on vacationThe Delta State wing of NUT in a statement released after its executive council, SWEC, meeting held at the Teachers House, Asaba, said the planned protest when the two-week ultimatum expires, is to press their demands. Teachers in the statement signed by NUT State Chairman, Comrade Titus Okotie, Secretary, Comrade Dan Basime, and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Adaboke Emmanuel, said: Long delay in implementation implementation of the 30,000 Naira minimum wage for primary school teachers as a deliberate and evil ploy to further frustrate only this set of teachers while civil servants and other workers benefit. “It has further subjected them to second-class citizens in the state we all call ours. The state government and other relevant stakeholders should urgently put in place the necessary mechanisms for settlement at the of the matter as a precondition for the peaceful resumption of schools for the second term 2021/2022 academic session.resumption of schools for the 2021/2022 academic session without the payment of the minimum wage of N30,000 and the resolution of other issues in dispute, NUT will lead all elementary school teachers in the state in a two-day peaceful protest in all 25 local government areas to properly educate members and the general public.” May the protest herald the start of of a total eclipse of the public primary education system.The SWEC in session therefore calls on the state government to act quickly in the general interests of a peaceful industrial climate. in the state and save our primary education system from immediate collapse. The NUT in the communiqué read by its Chairman, Comrade Titus Okotie, however, passed a vote of confidence on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, for the continuation of the annual teacher award and the establishment of technical colleges and the teacher professional development center in the state. Reacting to the threat, the State Commissioner for Primary Education, Chief Chika Ossai, said the decision by the NUT state wing was politically motivated. school system, such as providing teacher training and development facilities and reviving grassroots sports competitions in schools.

Jeremy S. McLain