Abia State Teachers Goes On A 6 Months Strike

Teachers in Abia public schools have embarked on strike over six months salary arrears owed them by the state government.

This was even as the teachers accused the state leadership of the
Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) of undermining the plight of members by
always thwarting moves to ventilate their grievances.

The strike led to shutdown of all government-owned primary and
secondary schools in Abia, which were supposed to have resumed on
Monday, for the third term academic session.

A visit to some of the schools in Aba, including the Constitution
Crescent Primary school, Abayi Girls Secondary School, Okigwe Road
Primary and Secondary Schools, Girls Secondary Commercial School and
Boys’ Technical College were all locked.

Some teachers, who were seen at venues for the ongoing West African
Examination Council exams and who would not want their names in print,
for fear of victimisation, told newsmen they are on strike.

“We are on strike, but, as you know, Abia State NUT strikes are
usually funny. The leadership of NUT here is made up of people who
betray the interest of members.

By the time they finish their meeting with government and some money
exchange hands, they’ll force us to go back to work; without our demands
being met.

“They’ve done it before and I don’t think this will be any different.
We, as secondary school teachers, received our salaries last in
November 2017.

My colleagues in the primary schools got theirs last in January. Our
leadership is the problem. They’re showing the government that Abia NUT
is a toothless bulldog,” a teacher said, yesterday.

When contacted, state NUT Chairman, Chizobam Akparanta said he could
not speak on the matter as they were meeting with the Deputy Governor,
Sir Ude Okochukwu.

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