Ekiti Teachers Vow Not To Resume Until Govt. Pays Up 2 Months Salary Owed

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Ekiti State Chapter has directed its members not to comply with the government’s October 8 resumption date for the new school year in the state.

“How can we go back to work when we are being cheated? We cannot pretend that all is well when teachers are dying in silence,” said Samuel Akosile, chairman of the union, while speaking to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti.

“As we speak now, teachers have not received August and September salaries as well as the deductions in July salary.

“But to our surprise, local government workers have been paid up to September. So what is the justification for the governor asking us to resume to duties?

“I hereby direct that all our members must remain at home until we are paid. I do not want a situation whereby teachers will either be dying on the roads or working with empty stomachs,” he said.

Governor Kayode Fayemi had on Monday announced that public and private primary and secondary schools across the state should resume on Wednesday for the 2014/2015 academic session, but the directive by the NUT in the state is set to stall academic activities.

In its reaction through its Commissioner for Information, Mr Tayo Ekundayo, the government pleaded for understanding.

According to Ekundayo, government was making efforts to pay up the two months’ salary arrears owed the teachers.