The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has warned states owing teachers’ salaries to pay up all outstanding salaries on or before end of December 2017 or face total shut down of all schools in those states.
Michael Alogba Olukoya, National President of the union, stated this yesterday in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, after the National Executive Council meeting of the union.
According to Olukoya, “The union totally condemns the inhuman treatment of teachers as is manifested in the unpaid arrears of salaries/pensions to teachers in Kogi, Benue and many other states ranging from 2-22 months, thus putting the teeming teachers in these states permanently in penury.
“The union has decided against the background of all these unhealthy and unacceptable developments that enough is enough. There is no more time for rhetoric. The time is now for teachers to take their destiny into their hands to salvage the deteriorating condition that they have been forced into.
“The National Executive Council of the Union has therefore resolved that the governments of all the affected states owing salaries and pensions of teachers should offset such debts before the end of the year 2017, failing which the union will be left with no other option than to shut down schools in all the affected states.”