Nigeria Union of Teachers, Akwa Ibom State chapter has on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 declared an indefinite strike following the state government’s alleged refusal to meet their demands.
This was after the 21 days and a subsequent seven days ultimatum given by the union to the state government had elapsed.
The NUT Senior State Secretary, Comrade Victor Amirize disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
According to Amirizi, “The NUT hereby orders all primary and secondary schools in public school to proceed on an indefinite strike action from midnight of Tuesday 15th March, 2022″.
Listing the demands the NUT made that were not acceded, Amirizi said, “Akwa Ibom State Government teachers’ amnesty programme should be reopened to cover the teachers that were cut off during the last amnesty programme.
“Appointment of teachers as Permanent Secretaries as well as promotion results of teachers who attended the exercise as at 2020 to be released without recourse to a pass in the Administrative Professional Officers Compulsory Examination because this was not demanded for 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.”
They also demanded for the payment of promotion arrears for six years from 2011 to 2016 to primary schools teachers; and the release of 2017 and 2018 promotion exercise conducted by SUBEB as well as immediate commencement of 2019, 2020, 2021 promotion exercise.
The union appealed for understanding from both parents and pupils as the government’s insensitivity to their plight has pushed NUT to call out teachers for strike.
Our correspondent reports that public schools in Uyo metropolis that were visited remained closed as students were during school hours going back home.