The Oyo State Wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) on the 20th of May commenced an indefinite strike due to delay in payment of salaries of primary school teachers amongst other requests. The union had earlier given a 72-hour ultimatum to the Oyo State Government to clear and settle the backlogs of salaries owed its members. The union thereby said the strike became necessary due to the state government’s inability to meet their demand.
NUT Chairman, Comrade Z.I Adedoyin, and Secretary, Comrade N.M Abdullahi, in a joint statement issued after the meeting of the union, lamented over complementary allowances of promotions of the teachers. Among the issues raised is the non-implementation of the approval and accompanied promotion benefits to the primary school teachers by the Oyo State Government Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC). The delay in the payment of salary to primary school teachers, delay in the promotion of grade level 14 to 15 was also mentioned. The continued withholding of the 2018 leave grant and delay in the clearance of teachers allegedly accused of illegal promotion concludes the long list of issues.
The teachers said that they were commencing the strike today because efforts made by the state government to persuade the teachers hit a brick wall. The union acknowledged that its leadership met with the state Head of Service and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs on May 15. The two government functionaries were said to have made a passionate appeal to them to shelve the proposed strike. The union, however, stated that their appeal could not change anything because none of their demands were met.