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Primary sch. teachers begin indefinite strike in FCT



The Primary Education Teachers of the Territory of the Federal Capital, FCT, resumed this Wednesday an indefinite strike action due to the impossibility of the Presidents of the Regional Councils to reach agreements with the union.

The state chairman of the FCT wing of the Nigerian Teachers’ Union, NUT, Stephen Knabayi, revealed this to reporters after his emergency executive council meeting at the Gwagwalada Teachers’ House.

Knabayi said the emergency meeting was to review the council chairmen’s level of compliance and commitment to the agreement with the union that led to the suspension of the industrial action on December 1, 2021.

The teachers had embarked on an indefinite strike in December, which was called off after a week, following an emergency meeting of the State Wing Executive Council.

According to the president, teachers are no longer willing to take themselves for granted until their demands are met by the competent authorities of the FCT.

He said the emergency meeting praised the effort of FCT Minister Muhammad Bello in keeping his promise to pay outstanding 2018 promotion arrears to high school teachers in the territory.

He said the union also recognized the implementation of the 2019-2020 teacher promotion in all six area councils in November 2021.

He said that the union, however, observed with dismay the non-compliance by the presidents of the area councils to abide by the agreement for the payment of the arrears of the Local Educational Authority, LEA, to teachers pending payment in their different advice.

He claimed the union had ordered all primary school teachers in the territory to stay away from their jobs while parents were advised to keep their children and primary school wards safe at home.

“The six area councils owe about N14.3 billion in arrears from 2015 to date,” he said.

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