Primary school teachers in Benue have been on strike since October 4, 2013.
For keeping primary school students at home for the past 8 months, Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has been accused of running an “inept” government.
Mr. Suswam was berated by the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, whose president, Michael Olukoya, addressed a conference on Wednesday in Abuja.
Primary school teachers in Benue have been on strike since October 4, 2013 to demand that the government honours its agreement to pay them a minimum wage of N18,000.
“It is lamentable and we are saddened by the actions of Benue State government which has kept pupils of public primary schools in the state idling at home for eight months now,” Mr. Olukoya said. “Such exhibition of ineptitude by the government can be described as another version of Boko Haram on a State which has produced national leaders in the likes of the current President of Senate, Distinguish Senator David Mark.”
“We demand that the Governor Gabriel Suswam honour the State Government’s agreement with Primary School Teachers of the State and BRING BACK OUR PUPILS TO SCHOOL,” he added.
Mr. Olukoya also announced his union’s directive that all primary and secondary schools nationwide be shut on Thursday to allow the teachers participate in protests to demand the freedom of the abducted Chibok school girls.
The girls were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14.
“All schools nationwide shall be closed as the day will be our day of protest against the abduction of the Chibok female students and the heartless murder of the 173 teachers,” he said.
He said 173 teachers had been killed in Borno and Yobe since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009.
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