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The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Edo State chapter has threatened strike action if the state government fails to address its outstanding welfare and conditions of service.

The teacher’s threat to embark on strike action was contained in a letter signed by the state chairman of the union, Pius Okhueleigbe and Mike Moni Modesty Itua, State Secretary, addressed to the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, dated November 23, 2020, and made available to journalists in Benin said failure by the state government to fulfill its pending demands might likely result to industrial disharmony in the educational sector.

In the letter, the teachers noted that pending issues of Teachers’ welfare and condition of service discussed and decided with the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on July 17, 2020, are yet to be addressed by the government.

” The leadership of the union is seeking an audience with the state governor on Thursday, December 3, or Friday, December 4 2020, the meeting will go a long way in providing lasting solutions to the issues raised as well as avert the looming industrial action.”

” We have presented seven points demands which the state government is yet to address to include, non- payment and incomplete payment of 2013 to 2015 promotion arrears of primary school teachers in Oredo, Orhionmwon and Uhunwonde Local Government Areas. Non- implementation of 2016 to 2018 Promotion of primary school teachers in payrolls since August 2020.”

“Arrears as per promotion while those omitted from the exercise have not been considered.”

“Others are non-release of 2019 teachers promotions by SUBEB for four months after the state governor’s approval.”

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” Non-payment of Edo- BEST Training stipends of 2018 and 2019 to about two thousand Teachers who participated in the programme.
‘CNon-remittance of the lawfully deducted schools monthly subvention from the account of Local Government Councils to School Heads from April 2020 till date and delay in the payment of teachers monthly salaries among others,” the letter added.

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