Osun Teachers Suspend Strike

Osun teachers suspend strikeOsun State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers has suspended it’s “sit down” strike by its members, saying that government has begun to supply instructional materials to some schools.

The teachers embarked on the strike in December, 2014, because of inadequate supply of instructional materials and non-payment of leave grants by the state government.

The suspension was announced in a statement by the NUT Chairman and Principal State Secretary, Wakeel Amuda and Abdulahi N.M. respectively.

A copy of the statement made available to our correspondent yesterday, directing the teachers in the state to resume duty reads: ” The Nigeria Union of Teachers, Osun State Wing, hereby, suspends the ongoing sit-down strike embarked upon by the union due to lack of instructional materials, non-payment of leave grants to secondary school teachers since December, 2013, non-payment of running grants to primary schools for the last six terms and non-payment of running grants to secondary schools for the past three years.

“The above decision was made due to an agreement reached between the government of the State of Osun and the Nigeria Union of Teachers on 6th January, 2015. All teachers in primary and secondary schools are, hereby, directed to resume classes and work in line with the available instructional materials. No teacher is expected to run the school from his or her personal purse”, it added.

Public Relations Officer of the union, Comrade Boye Abodurin, told our correspondent that government had begun to supply instructional materials in schools.

“We have requested for instructional materials and the government has started supplying up to middle schools and they promised to supply that of high schools,” he added.

Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye, blamed the inadequacy of instructional materials on the reduction in the allocation accruing to the state from the Federation Account.

The government, according to the statement, agreed to address various demands of the union by August 1, 2015.