NUT gives two weeks ultimatum The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT)

NUT gives two weeks ultimatum
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) yesterday
issued a two-week ultimatum to the Federal
Government and university teachers to resolve
their problems.
The NUT President, Mr Michael Olukoya, gave the
ultimatum in Abuja at the end of the union’s
meeting with teachers’ representatives across the
country.
Olukoya said members of the union would not
hesitate to close down schools, if the two parties
failed to reach an agreement after two weeks.
He described the strike as “nationalistic, patriotic
and self-sacrificing”, adding, “We will not hesitate
to shut down the education system in the country,
if the government fails to fulfil or honour the
agreement it entered into with the lecturers.”
The NUT president described Edo State Governor
Adams Oshiomhole’s call for a complete overhaul
of teachers’ qualification as unacceptable to the
NUT.
He said the blame should be put at the door steps
of employers and not teachers.
“NUT will forever be proud of all its teachers,
believing that all employment agencies are
corruption-free, disciplined and quality conscious
in their employment drives,” Olukoya said.
Olukoya also urged the governors of Kogi, Benue
and Cross River States to honour the agreement
they had with teachers on the payment of 27.5 per
cent teachers salary structure.
Also yesterday, the Senior Staff Association of
Nigerian Universities (SSANU) said it might begin a
nationwide strike on Monday, if its members are
not paid their salaries.
Mr Promise Adewusi, the association’s General
Secretary, at a news conference in Abuja, said the
strike was being considered to protest against the
stoppage of the salaries of university workers
without any justifiable explanation.
He said the strike was sequel to a letter written to
the Vice-Chancellors of the affected federal
universities and Secretary to the Government of
the Federation (SGF) Anyim Pius Anyim.
Adewusi said letters were similarly written to the
Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka
Wogu, the Minister of State for Education, Chief
Nyesom Wike and the Executive Secretary,
National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof.
Julius Okojie.
He, however, stressed that SSANU members would
be directed to proceed on the strike if the
government refused to pay the salaries.
Adewusi advised the vice-chancellors, the SGF and
the ministers of Labour and Education to take
steps to remedy the situation.
“The non-payment of our members in the
universities, when some other federal universities
have since paid the August salaries, is viewed by
our members as an act of punishment against
them for working and this has made them restive.
“We, therefore, demand that the August salaries of
our members in those universities be paid to them
on or before Friday, Sept. 27, 2013,” he said,
adding: “Failure to pay by the stipulated date will
be regarded as a conclusive act of aggression
against the economic rights and interests of our
members.’’
Also, Alhaji Mohammed Aliyu, the SSANU chairman
in the Federal University of Technology, Minna,
called on the Federal Government to pay the
workers so as to promote industrial harmony.
Aliyu said it was unfair for the government not to
pay their salaries, considering the fact that SSANU
had employed dialogue rather than embark on a
strike as the Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASSU).
“Government should not punish us because ASUU
is on strike. If that is what they intend to do, it
means they are inviting more trouble in the
system.

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