Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Following the expiration of a seven-days notice to the State Government, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Ogun State chapter on Friday began an indefinite strike.
Activities in public primary and secondary schools in Ogun State were paralysed as the teachers heeded the directive of the NUT leadership, asking them to commence industrial action.
Pupils and students alike in Yewa and Abeokuta, the state capital met empty schools as their teachers stayed away from their duty posts, while the students roamed the streets of Abeokuta.
In a circular signed by the State Chairman of the Union, Comrade Dare Ilekoya and Coordinating Secretary, Ade Buraimo, made available to journalists showed that government had been informed of the grievances of the teachers since 2014.
According to the statement, teachers had no other choice than to embark on strike to drive home their demands.
But the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun said he is not aware of the development.
He said this at Ijebu Igbo Central Mosque while answering questions from newsmen on the development during his campaign tour of Ijebu North Local Government Area.
“No, I am on the campaign and I cannot talk about what I don’t know, when I get back to Abeokuta, I will find out, but I know no responsible teacher will be out of school.”
The NUT statement stated the outstanding issues to include the case of 34 teachers who were retired compulsorily last year, non remittance of deductions to appropriate organisations, non recognition of university degrees in primary schools among others.