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Bayelsa teachers give govt two-week ultimatum

Last updated on October 19th, 2023 at 10:34 pm

Teachers in Bayelsa State, represented by the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), have issued a threat of an indefinite strike in public primary and secondary schools. This action is in response to the unresolved issues concerning the N30,000 minimum wage and promotion arrears.

The teachers expressed disappointment that, despite Bayelsa’s status as one of the top four states with the highest revenue allocation from the federation, the welfare of educators has been overlooked.

As schools in Bayelsa were forced to close on August 29 due to anticipated floods and are set to resume on November 13, the union made the decision during an executive meeting on October 12. This move followed a three-day warning strike that failed to prompt the Bayelsa government into action.

The NUT has given a 14-day ultimatum to both the state and local government councils in Bayelsa to address the concerns of primary and secondary school teachers across the state. These concerns primarily revolve around the non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage and promotion of primary school teachers.

The union emphasized that teachers are enduring severe hardship due to the non-payment of promotion arrears for both primary and secondary school teachers in the state. Despite various engagements with the government, there has been consistent neglect of the teachers’ plight.

This approach by the government has only led to feelings of humiliation and frustration among primary and secondary school teachers in Bayelsa. The 14-day ultimatum, beginning from October 13, serves as a final warning. Failure to address the issues within this timeframe will result in a state-wide strike.

The strike notice was officially endorsed by the eight Local Government Areas branches of NUT in Bayelsa. Signatories to the communiqué include leaders from various branches, such as Ikiba Izibenidie, Chairman of NUT Yenagoa Branch, Ekereke Aruaman, Chairman of NUT Ogbia, Tarabina Ebikibina, Chairman of NUT Kolokuma/Opukima, Amakiri Idibiye, Chairman of NUT Nembe, Koko Michael, Chairman of NUT Ekeremor, Dokubo Innocent, Chairman of NUT Brass, Akadah Emomotimi, Chairman of NUT Sagbama, and Sudouwei Solomon, Chairman of NUT Southern Ijaw.

As of now, Bayelsa Commissioner Dr. Gentle Emelah has refrained from making any comments on the matter. He did not respond to phone calls or text messages seeking his reaction to the development.

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