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Minimum Wage: Enugu teachers to embark on strike

NEWSMAN, Enugu – Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT) Enugu state chapter has handed a seven-day ultimatum warning to the Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to pay primary school teachers N30,000 minimum wage or have them proceed on strike.

Enugu state NUT chairman, Theophilus Nweke-Odo, who made this known to newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday, said the decision came as a result of “the reluctance of the state government to implement the new wage in the primary school sub-sector.”

“From history it has never happened. Even from the old East Central State, down to the old Anambra State, there has never been a time some workers were paid a certain amount as minimum wage and others left out. It is highly unfortunate and our primary school teachers are not happy about it. Normally in the state, they don’t pay salary arrears; this is why we are losing confidence in whatever arrangement they have been making in this regard,” Nweke-Odo said.

He noted that the ultimatum was issued to the state government on October 2, and said the teachers would have no other option than embark on strike, if nothing happened on or before October 9, Guardian reported.

Odo recalled that the state NUT had addressed a letter dated March 13 to the governor, notifying the state government of its intention to proceed on strike after 21 days ultimatum, but the move was frustrated owing to the corona virus outbreak which also forced all schools to close.

He further said that the teachers would not return to classrooms until they were paid, because according to him, “from all indications, the government is not willing to pay primary school teachers the minimum wage.”

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