Ogun warns NUT to stop preventing teachers from working

Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The NUT has asked Ogun teachers to embark on strike.

The Ogun State Government has warned striking teachers to desist from forcing un-willing teachers and students out of classrooms.

The strike by the Nigerian Union of Teachers entered its second day on Tuesday, with some public school teachers failing to comply with their union’s directive to stay off work; thus forcing the union members to go round schools to enforce compliance.

The state government has now read a riot act to leaders of the teachers’ union to desist from such actions or face the wrath of the law.

The government gave the warning in a statement by Olusegun Odubela, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology. He said while the generality of teachers in the state owned primary and secondary schools reported for work and went about their duties peacefully, some individuals claiming to be union officials went round schools disrupting academic activities.

“These individuals started forcing teachers to abandon the schools and chasing students out of the classrooms. We view this sad development very strongly. Government wishes to warn these so called union officials to stay away from our schools. The State Government is determined to protect pupils/students, teachers and facilities in all public schools,” Mr. Odubela stated.

The government said that security agencies have been duly informed about the need to check the activities of individuals who constitute a threat to the peace in public schools.

“We therefore assure parents that academic activities in state owned primary and secondary schools will continue uninterrupted and that all students/pupils should promptly report in their respective schools without any fear whatsoever as government has made adequate arrangement to ensure hitch free academic activities”, the government stated.

Ogun is one of the eleven states whose government has failed to pay an agreed 27.5 per cent increase in teachers’ allowances.

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