Teachers Begin Strike In Oyo State


Academic activities this morning were partially paralysed in public schools in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, as most teachers did not turn up for work and those that reported to work refused to go to their various classes.

Students were left playing in their classrooms or roaming their school premises while their teachers were gathered in groups discussing the forthcoming indefinite strike declared yesterday by the leadership of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Oyo State Chapter.

Some of the teachers were overheard saying that they were fully prepared for the strike, while some said the strike will enable them engage in private businesses.

Among the schools visited this morning by our correspondent were St. Stephen Primary School, Alegongo, Community High School, Alegongo and Methodist Grammar School, Bodjia, Ibadan.

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Yesterday, the teachers in Ibadan resolved to commence an indefinite strike next Monday as a result of Oyo State Government’s failure to pay 27.5 percent salary increase approved by all the governors in the country.

Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala disclosed that the only condition that could make the government  increase the salary  is to reduce the staff strength of teachers in the state.

The NUT Secretary in the state, Comrade Olu Abiala, in a telephone chat stated that the NUT leadership had officially communicated the decision of the teachers to the state government and if there is no positive response, they will go on the indefinite strike as scheduled.

—Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan

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