Ogun State Teachers on Tuesday evening called off their two weeks old strike following a meeting held between the leaders of the National Union of Teachers, NUT, and the state government.
The decision to call off the strike was jointly announced by the Chairman. Nigeria Union of Teachers, Dare Ilekoya, and the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools of Nigeria, ASUSS, Akeem Lasisi, after a congress of the two bodies at the NUT Hall, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The teachers embarked on an indefinite strike protesting the state government’s failure to remit deductions meant for their cooperative societies, as well as the nonpayment of their peculiar allowances.
The teachers were also protesting the compulsory retirement of 34 of their colleagues.
The NUT boss, Dare Ilekoya, while explaining the decision to call off the strike said the government agreed to pay the October deductions with immediate effect, while outstanding debts will be subsequently paid through improved Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.
Mr. Ilekoya said government agreed to set up a committee to review other outstanding issues.
“On this note, we hereby announce the suspension of the industrial action embarked upon by teachers in the state”, the NUT Chairman said.
The Chairman of ASUSS, Akeem Lasisi, appealed to members to comply with the union’s directive to resume work.
He said contrary to speculation in some quarters that the strike was sponsored by some politicians, it was a pure legitimate fight over teachers’ rights and welfare.
He said the unions’ action should not be politicised.
Mr. Lasisi, however, said that if government reneges on its promises, the teachers would resume the strike. He also assured his members that their sacked colleagues would be re-instated.