4 February 2013

Nigeria: Strike Looms As Lagos, Nassarawa, Others Default On Agreed Teachers Pay

The Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, on Monday said it would take a position on February 9 as regards state governments who have failed to implement the Teachers Salary Structure, TSS, by the end of January.

The Teachers' Union president, Michael Alogba-Olukoya, said in a telephone interview in Lagos that the union is set to convene a National Executive Council, NEC meeting over the issue.

The union had in December 2012, warned states that had yet to implement the 27.5 per cent increase in allowances under the TSS, to do so before the end of January.

The union stance followed an August 2009 agreement with the governors' forum on the implementation of the new salary structure.

Mr. Alogba-Olukoya said that at present, 18 states had yet to implement the agreement.

"We waited until January 31 to see if the implementation would reflect in their salaries but as we speak, from the collation we have done so far, 10 of the 18 states have paid salaries without implementing it.

"We are waiting for the remaining eight to pay their own salaries too and by the time we are through with our collation, we shall convene an emergency NEC meeting on the way forward.

"I want to seize this opportunity to inform defaulting states that the struggle for the implementation of the TSS is still on and we will not relent until justice is attained," he said.

Mr. Olukoya had on Friday listed the 18 affected states as Adamawa, Benue, Kogi, Lagos, Ekiti, Abia, Enugu, Cross River, Kebbi, Taraba, Plateau, Delta, Katsina, Nassarawa, Zamfara, Ebonyi, Gombe, and Bauchi.

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