The Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers has said that it will commence an indefinite strike on Friday, following the expiration of the twenty-one-day ultimatum issued to the state government.
The notice came just as it was learned that the state government had postponed the resumption of public primary schools in the state from September 10 to September 17, Punch reports.
In a statement made available to journalists in Benin on Tuesday and signed by the state Chairman, Pius Okhueleigbe, and acting Secretary, Mr. Moni Modesty, the union alleged that the government had failed to meet the teachers’ demand for improved welfare.
The statement posited that the wage approval given by the immediate past governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, in May 2016, was for the benefit of all workers in the state.
It further urged the state government to begin the recruitment of new teachers to fill the vacant positions in primary and secondary schools before the commencement of the next academic session in September.
It, therefore, urged all well-meaning citizens to prevail on the state government to urgently meet the demands of the union in order to avert the imminent “darkness that is about to envelop the education sector in the state.”