Why Kwara teachers want to embark on strike from January

Teacher instructing pupils in the class. Source: TVC News

Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Kwara Chapter, has said its members would not resume in January if salary arrears owned by state government are not paid. Teachers also accused Kwara government of not implementing their promotions as far as 2015.

Kwara teachers also expressed their dissatisfaction over the state government decision not to use disbursement of Paris Club refund to offset their salary arrears.

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The statement to this effect was signed by Comrade Musa Abubakar, NUT Kwara State Chairman, in Ilorin on Friday, adding that until teachers’ demands are met, they would not resume on the stipulated date of January 8, 2018.

The statement reads:

The state wing executive council of NUT in session resolve among other things:

1.The union is not satisfied with respect to nonpayment of salary arrears of our members (3 months and 292 per cent) so far.

  1. We are equally grossly disturbed on the position of the government not to use the Paris club fund to offset our salary arrears as pledged at different fora with the government, the union, and the other stakeholders.

  2. Non-implementation of promotion arrears with attendant financial backing from 2015 till date is worrisome and unacceptable to our members.

In view of this the house resolved that these issues must be addressed immediately before the end of the year 2017, otherwise, the union cannot guarantee the resumption of our members come January 8, 2018.

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