Following the agreement reached between the Delta State government and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on issues bordering on welfare of teachers in the state, the union, yesterday suspended its proposed strike action.
The suspension of the industrial action was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of an extraordinary emergency meeting of the State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) of the NUT where the position of the
state government on the issue was x-rayed.
According to the communiqué which was jointly signed by the state chairman of the NUT, Comrade Jonathan Jemirieyigbe; state secretary, Elder Joe Iyalekhue and the publicity secretary, Comrade A.I. Okogba, respectively, SWEC-in-session expressed satisfaction with the timely intervention of the teacher-friendly governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa over his genuine assurance to address the issues raised by the union within two weeks.
The communiqué listed the agreement reached at the meeting between the government and the union to include payment of June 2016 salaries to call primary school teachers within one week; payment of outstanding May 2016 salaries to teachers in five local government areas, amounting to N89million within two weeks through the state government argumentation and immediate payment of outstanding June 2016 salaries of teachers on level 13 and above in secondary schools across the state.
The agreement, according to the union, also included the immediate release of implementation of outstanding promotions of primary and post-primary school teachers from 2014 to 2016 by SUBEB and PPEB; an upward review of the number of graduate teachers in primary schools to be promoted to salary grade level 15 and above and implemented within two weeks and that the accountant-general’s office should prepare and submit to September 2016 JAAC meeting, the two months arrears of consolidated salary and peculiar allowance of primary school teachers arrears of May/June 2016 and February 2016 to date.