Crisis looms over the primary education sector of Edo State as the State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers issued a 14-day strike notice to the state government under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki over alleged failure to meet its financial entitlements and other obligations.
The strike notice was contained in a communiqué dated December 29, 2020 after the union’s enlarged state wing executive council meeting.
State Chairman of the NUT, Pius Okhueleigbe; Assistant General Secretary, Moni Mike Modesty; and four others signed the communique.
It noted that the 14-day ultimatum, which takes effect from December 29, 2020, was to enable the Edo State Government meet its demands to the union.
It further recalled that the state government has not taken any tangible step to meet the demands of the union as outlined in the 21-day notice of indefinite strike it issued on December 8, 2020.
The communique said: “It agreed that Edo Best Programme needs urgent surgical examination to determine ‘its true state of health’ so that government will be able to correct the ‘seeming window-dressing’ and improve on the fortunes of the programme.
“It also agreed that the contributory pension scheme started in 2017 in Edo State.
“It however, observed that if primary school teachers are to enroll, the tier of government that will be responsible for the monthly remittance of 10 percent to the pension account of individual teachers must have the resources to do so as well as cater for the accrued gratuity entitlements of teachers prior to the commencement of the scheme, as provided in the law.”
The union, which said that it called for the removal of Mary Oseghale as the Acting Education Secretary of Esan North-East Local Government Authority, still stands, also declared her as persona non grata.
It however, urged the primary school teachers in the state to continue to mobilize for an indefinite strike action while awaiting further directives on take-off date from the state wing executive.
Meanwhile, the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress has thrown its weight behind the proposed strike by the primary school teachers.
The NLC gave its nod to the NUT’s proposed strike in a letter titled: “Re: Communique,” dated December 16, 2020 and signed by its Acting Secretary, Barry Osaro Imade.