Ogun teachers suspend three-week strike

The teachers will now get a 15 per cent salary rise.

Teachers in Ogun State have called off their three-week old strike. The public primary and secondary school teachers abandoned their classrooms over government’s failure to implement the payment of 27.5 per cent increase on their salary tagged ‘peculiar allowance,

The decision to return to classrooms followed the signing of an agreement on Friday between executives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) led by its State Chairman, Dare Ilekoya, and the state government led by the Head of Service, Modupe Adekunle.

The government, after considering the plea by representatives of the teachers’ union, agreed to pay 15 per cent of the basic salaries of teachers as peculiar allowance with effect from next month with an assurance that all other demands would be attended to in due course. The agreement also added that no teacher would be victimized for whatever role played while the three week strike lasted.

Speaking after signing the agreement, Mr. Ilekoya appreciated Governor Ibikunle Amosun for considering the 1st of July effective date and the promise for further negotiation as the finance of the state improves.

He promised teachers’ continued support towards improving the education sector, and called on all teachers in both primary and secondary schools in the state to resume work immediately.

“We have seen that truly the finances of the State for now cannot go beyond the payment of 15 per cent. We have to be considerate and then suspend the strike for peace to reign in the education sector. And on that note we want to implore our teachers in both primary and secondary schools to resume work immediately,” Mr. Ilekoya directed.

In her reaction, the Head of Service, Mrs. Adekunle, lauded union leaders for their understanding and cooperation in resolving the issues, affirming that the outstanding promotion of teachers, among other issues raised, were already being attended to.

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