By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
For alleged failure to reach an agreement between the Kuje Area Council chairman and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), the primary school teachers in the area have embarked on an indefinite strike.
Mr. Audu Lucky, the chairman of the Kuje branch, in a statement signed by four union executive stated that the demands of the teachers were met by the Executive Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Mr Abdullahi Sabo, they are no longer ready to be taken for granted.
He said that the union observed with dismay the non compliance by the council chairman to address the backlog of the Local Education Authority (LEA) teachers’ outstanding entitlements.
Lucky added, “The union had sent a letter to Sabo, with a reference number, NUT/169/5/138, dated 3/1/2023, while a letter of ultimatum dated 2/12/2022, was also sent to him.”
He explained that in view of the above, the union leadership is calling on all LEA Primary schools teachers in Kuje Area council to proceed on an indefinite strike action with effect from Monday, 9th Jan, 2023, until further notice.
The statement also explained that the LEA Kuje primary school teachers are hereby directed to comply with this directive, please.The NUT chairman stated that the demands to include lack of payment of salaries to 2018 recruited teachers whose salaries were abruptly stopped by the council Chairman in September 2022.
The statement added that the submission of the agreed template of payment of LEA teacher’s arrears to the JAAC Secretariat and continuation of the payment to Concerned teachers.
He said the non payment of salary to 2022 reabsorbed teachers, who have been working through January to December 2022 without salary.
The branch and state organs of the union, according to Lucky said based on the demands requested to meet with the Council Chairman but he refused to meet with them.