The Federal Capital Territory chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has threatened to go on indefinite strike if its demands are not satisfied by Thursday.
Stephen Knabayi, the chapter chairperson, announced this at the end of an emergency meeting in Abuja on Tuesday. According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, the FCT chapter of the NUT began a five-day warning strike on November 18 citing non-payment of promotion wage arrears, lack of teacher upgrade, and insecurity, among other issues.
Mr Knabayi, on the other hand, indicated that teachers’ requests are divided into two categories, stating that teachers employed by the FCT Administration and those employed by area councils are both affected.
Mr Knabayi revealed that the union continued with the warning strike despite receiving commitment from the FCT Minister, Bello Mohammed, on the issue. This was due to non-commitment from the chairmen of the FCT area councils.
“The strike is still going on. It’s a five-day warning strike that’ll expire on November 24.
“In this case, we’re dealing with two levels of government: the state and local governments.”
“As I speak with you today, we have no concerns with FCTA because of the Minister of FCT’s commitment.”
“However, at this time, we have no commitment from the area councils.”
“That is why the strike continues,” he explained. The local council chairperson was asked to use the warning strike’s window of opportunity to talk to the union. Failure to do so, according to the NUT Chairperson, would result in a demand for the strike to continue. “We’re hopeful that they’ll still take advantage of the available time tomorrow to talk to us about it in the hopes of resolving it.”
“If not, we are expected to meet tomorrow at our level to take the strike to the next level,” he said.