The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), chapter of the Edo State. Has directed all primary school teachers in the state to shun the resumption date proposed by the state government on February 1.
However, In a press statement made available in Benin City, the Edo State capital, the union leadership gave the directive.
Recall that Pius Okhueleigbe, the State NUT Chairman and Moni Mike Modesty Itua. The Assistant Secretary-General of the union had January 12 directed all primary school teachers. And school heads to embark on an indefinite strike with effect from January 18, 2021.
The union in reaction to the state government’s request, to suspend the strike noted that the state government has not demonstrated any reasonable commitment to resolve the issues presented to it.
A statement signed by DO Enakhimion, Permanent Secretary, Edo State Establishments, Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa, called on the union to suspend the ongoing strike and to allow a significant amount of time to build an opportunity for the government to engage with it to address the issues.
But in its response, the State Wing Executive Council (SWEC), in an enlarged meeting, resolved that. The indefinite strike which started on January 18 must continue.
The statement noted that the decision to proceed with the strike, was because the union was persuaded that. It had earlier given the state government eight weeks to have its demands met before the commencement of the strike.
The union unanimously agreed that dialogue/negotiation between it and Edo State Government should continue while the strike persists.