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Teachers in Enugu suspend indefinite strike

The union said the development followed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s intervention in the circumstances surrounding the indefinite strike.

• June 8, 2022
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Enugu has suspended the one-month-old strike by public primary school teachers in the state.

The union said the development followed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s intervention in the circumstances surrounding the indefinite strike.

“Considering the promises made thereto, the union unanimously resolved as a mark of due respect for Your Excellency, to suspend the strike action for one month with effect from June 8, 2022, as requested by you,” the NUT said.

This is contained in a letter dated June 8, 2022, and addressed to the governor.

The letter was jointly signed by the NUT chairman and secretary, Theophilus Odo and Macs Nnaji, respectively.

However, the union suspended the strike for just a month.

“The above timeframe is to enable Your Excellency to give a befitting consideration to the minimum wage saga for primary school teachers in the state,” it stated.

On May 6, 2022, NUT directed public primary school teachers in the state to proceed on an indefinite strike, citing the government’s inability to pay the teachers the N30, 000 minimum wage.

The state government had, in February 2020, commenced the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state.

However, only workers in the core ministries of the state government and secondary school teachers were captured, while others in Agencies and Departments and local government councils were left out. 


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