Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) yesterday said they can no longer continue to provide instructional materials for schools from their merger salaries
The union also threatened to embark on state wide indefinite strike actions after the expiration of 21 days ultimatum to resolve all contention issues with it.
The union said the ultimatum became necessary following the expiration of 45 days grace period it allowed the state government to engage in mutual resolution of the challenges put before it in a communique issued in its last July executive meeting.
This was contained in a nine-point communique signed by Comrade Pius Okhueleigbe and Moni Mike Modesty- Itua, state chairman and acting secretary respectively at the end of the union State Executive Council meeting held last Thursday in Benin City.
According to the communique “That Edo State Public Primary and Secondary School heads and their teachers are tired of using their meager salaries to provide instructional materials such as chalk, markers, diaries, registers and many others for teaching and learning in schools, due to the failure of government to provide subventions to schools since the years 2012 and the recent near zero supply of such items to schools.
“Therefore, government must in the next twenty one days put up a very concrete and result oriented policy/plan to commence the release of subventions to all public primary and secondary schools in the state.”
The statement said the ultimatum takes effect from 17th August, 2018.
According to it, arising from the failure of the state government, SWEC- in-session hereby serves a twenty-one day ultimatum on Edo State government with effect from Friday 17th, August, 2018 to positively resolve all issues in contention with the union, failure which public school teachers in Edo State will embark on indefinite strike action to press home their demands.
It said, “At the end of the meeting, SWEC agreed that the union has unimaginably cooperated with the state government in all positive fronts with a view to moving the education sector to the desired Eldorado, but the government has refused to act in utmost good faith in reciprocating the good gestures of teachers in the state.”