National President, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Michael Olukoya-Alogba, has issued a warning to states owing its members backlog of salaries.
Comrade Olukoya-Alogba, said the union would embark on strike if state governments refuse to pay its members.
He said: “The non-payment of salaries or portion (part) payment or deciding how much to pay on monthly basis, not paying our members when they retire, working conditions of teachers, all these are challenges and we take joy in highlighting these challenges to people that matters.
“Tell the government, our employers, that we will not allow this to continue, it is not going to be sympathy as before.
Number one, all the states that are owing – 17 of them, we have given them the last warning, that if the trend should continue, we should not be held responsible because the moment we now go on strike, or we try to tell our people to do to the contrary, they will be saying that we are being sponsored.
“Now that people are owing us in Benue – almost one year (primary school), other categories of workers eight months.
In Kogi, the same thing, in Nasarawa percentages, in Plateau, just mention them like that.
“We have seen the opportunity on the 5th (World Teachers’ Day) to tell them that look, enough will soon be enough.
Again, apart from the welfare something, we have the working condition of teachers. Our schools-many of them, no furniture.
Infrastructural decay, we are not going to allow this to continue.
“UNESCO has given a directive that total budget of nay tier of government 26 per cent to education. How many of them are doing it? Even from federal to local, how many of them are doing it?
“As long as we don’t have our education sector correct, as long as you don’t have adequate investment in education that is the end of that government.
That means all these social menace will continue. Until we have our bearings right, we may continue to chase shadows.
“You cannot imagine for somebody to work for 35 years only to retire into poverty and penury.
All these must be checked and must be corrected.
“We have told them this year it is not going to be an annual rhetoric.
We are going to match it up with action and we are going to start from all these orchestrated local government autonomy.
We are not opposed to it as teachers but don’t tie primary education to local government autonomy because he that wears the shoe knows where it pinches and experience they say is the best teachers.
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