ASUU Strike: NUT Threatens To Shut Down Schools

ASUU Strike: NUT Threatens To Shut Down Schools

The Nigeria Union of Teachers yesterday gave a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to end the strike embarked upon by lecturers in the nation’s public universities.

The NUT President, Mr. Michael Olukoya, stated this in Abuja at the end of the union’s meeting, NAN reported.

ASUU, had since July 1, embarked on a strike it described as “comprehensive, total and indefinite.”

The lecturers are protesting against the non-implementation of an agreement they entered into with the Federal Government in 2009.

Olukoya said members of the union would not hesitate to close down the nation’s schools, if the two parties failed to reach agreement after two weeks.

He described the current ASUU strike as nationalistic, patriotic and self-sacrificing.

He said, “We will not hesitate to shut down the education system in the country, if the government fails to fulfil or honour the agreement with the lecturers.”

Olukoya also  described the call by the Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole for an overhaul of the qualifications of teachers in the state as unacceptable to the NUT.

He said, “NUT will always be proud of its teachers, believing that all employment agencies are corruption-free, disciplined and quality-conscious in their employment drives.”

Olukoya also urged the governors of Kogi, Benue and Cross River states to honour the agreement they made with their teachers on the payment of 27.5 per cent teachers salary structure.


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