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NUT gives Kwara Govt. 2 weeks ultimatum…….. as Kaduna Teachers begin strike tomorrow

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Indications have emerged that Teachers in Kwara State under the aegis may resume work tomorrow following the directive from the state wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT), ROYAL NEWS has gathered.

It would be recalled that Kwara NUT had during its last executive council meeting threatened an indefinite strike ahead of January 8 resumption of schools.

A top member of the Kwara NUT who spoke with ROYAL NEWS on Sunday confirmed that several meetings was held between members of the state government and NUT executive and several reliefs were reached.

“As you can see that the state government had directed that letter of promotion to teachers among others. We shall study their level of response to all the promises made for two weeks before we know the next line of action.”

Meanwhile, the Kaduna chapter of NUT has directed its member to commence indefinite strike on Monday, January 8, over the sack of 21,780 public primary school teachers in the state.

This is contained in a notice of strike dated January 4, 2018, signed by the union’s Assistant Secretary General, Adamu Anglo, on Sunday.

ROYAL NEWS reports that the teachers were sacked for allegedly failing to score 75 per cent pass mark of the competency test organised by the state government in June 2017.

The notice, circulated to all the union executives in the 23 local government areas of the state, indicated that a two-week ultimatum was earlier issued to the state government to reverse its decision.

According to the union, the decision became necessary after the state government began issuing sack letters to the affected teachers after the Christmas and New Year holidays.

“As a responsible union, we ventilated our grievances before the National Industrial Court, Kaduna; and the court on December 4, 2017, granted an interlocutory injunction, restraining the state government from disengaging any teacher pending the determination of the case.

“The court order was served to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, but surprisingly, he went on to order the distribution of letters of disengagement to the affected teachers, dated November 3rd, 2017.

“We, therefore, met on January 4th, 2018 and unanimously resolved to embark on indefinite strike action on Monday 8.”

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