Ogun Schools Shut As Teachers Begin Strike

Members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) Ogun State chapter have embarked on strike over the inability of the state government to meet their demands.

Public primary and secondary schools in the Ijebu Ode remained shut Friday because of the strike. The Secretary of NUT in Ijebu-Ode, Olajide Ogunleye, told The Punch that the action was in compliance with the state unions’ directive as communicated to all chapters.

Gov Ibekunle Amosun of Ogun State
Gov Ibekunle Amosun of Ogun State

According to him, the state wing of the NUT had served the state government the notice of strike since 9 January.

Ogunleye said all efforts by NUT and ASUSS to ensure that the state government implemented the contents of the MoU it signed with the unions since 2013 failed. Some of the demands of the unions, he said, were the reinstatement of 34 primary school teachers, who were advised to retire compulsorily in 2013.

“Other demands are on non-payment of some teachers’ salaries, non-payment of 2014 leave allowances and non-recognition of university degree holders in primary schools in Ogun among others,” he said.

Ogunleye also said the Peculiar Allowance for teachers, who had remained at their duty post since July 2013 and calculated at an agreed rate of 15 per cent, was also outstanding. Some of the schools visited were Our Saviour Primary School, Porogun; Molem Memorial School on Ejinrin Road and Ansar Ud Deen Schools.

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