The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), the
umbrella body of the teachers, which made
the announcement on Thursday, grounded
activities in all public primary and secondary
schools in the state.
Chairman of NUT in the state, Comrade
Jonathan Jemirieyigbe, accused Governor
Ifeanyi Okowa of insensitivity and
indifference to the plight and welfare of its
members in the state.
Jemirieyigbe, who spoke to journalists in
Asaba, said the strike would be indefinite
pending when government would address the
issue and pay up the backlog of their
entitlements and salaries.
“We are on indefinite strike commencing
from today (Thursday).
Our Primary school teachers’ salaries from
December, January and February have not
been paid till date”.
We also have the issue of non-
implementation of promotion released for
Primary and Secondary schools since
“Others include non-implementation of JAC’s
decision to pay primary school teachers,
non-payment of minimum wage for several
years as well as illegal deductions of
teachers’ salaries on the excuse of infotech
biometric data report, among others,” he
Reacting to the industrial action, the Delta
State Commissioner for Secondary and Basic
Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, said that the
government was already in talk with the
The state government, he reiterated, has
made concerted efforts to address the
issues, but blamed the dwindling Federal
Allocation to the state as the reason the
government has not been able to meet some
of its obligations.
He added that he had already scheduled a
meeting between NUT and the Head of
Service to tackle the issues.
It will be recalled that an earlier meeting
was rebuffed by the unionists on
Wednesday, at the instance of the Ministry
Meanwhile, several pupils from various
primary and secondary schools in Warri and
environs were seen returning home or milling
around Warri-Sapele road even as
of 5:00p.m on Thursday, as they could not
make entry into their schools’ premises.