Public primary and secondary school teachers in Akwa Ibom State have embarked on an indefinite strike on Wednesday, March 16, over the state government’s alleged refusal to meet their demands.
The indefinite strike came as a last resort for the teachers after the state government ignored the 21 days and a subsequent seven days ultimatum given by the union to them.
This was contained in a press release signed by Victor Amirize, Senior State Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Akwa Ibom State.
The statement said, “Akwa Ibom State Government teachers’ amnesty programme should be reopened to cover the teachers that were cut off during the last amnesty programme.om
”Appointment of teachers as Permanent Secretaries as well as promotion results of teachers who attended the exercise as in 2020 to be released without recourse to a pass in the Administrative Professional Officers Compulsory Examination because this was not demanded at the point of the interview.
“Refund of 7% contributory pension to primary school teachers. Payment of gratuity/harmonisation of pension to retired teachers.
“Payment of 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 leave grant to primary school teachers.”
The teachers are also demanding the payment of promotion arrears for six years from 2011 to 2016 and the release of the 2017 and 2018 promotion exercise conducted by SUBEB as well as immediate commencement of 2019, 2020, 2021 promotion exercise.
The union appealed to both parents and pupils for understanding as the government’s insensitivity to the teachers’ plight has pushed NUT to call for teachers for a strike.