The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Federal Capital Territory Wing, has suspended its ongoing strike for six weeks following the intervention of the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike.
The chairman of the union, Stephen Knabayi, confirmed the suspension in an interview with the Pressmen in Abuja.
Knabayi said that the strike was suspended from Oct. 2 to Nov. 13 to implement commitments by the chairmen of the six area councils and the FCT minister.
Recall that the NUT in FCT on Sept. 11 embarked on an indefinite strike over unpaid 40 per cent peculiar and other outstanding allowances.
Other concerns of the teachers included the non-payment of 25-month arrears of the 2019 approved national minimum wage, the non-release of some promotion letters to beneficiaries and the non-implementation of released promotion letters.
Other issues were non-payment of promotion arrears, non-upgrading of concerned teachers, non-implementation of salaries for upgraded teachers and non-implementation of annual salary increments in some councils.
They also alleged non-compliance with the agreement on payments for the backlog of teachers’ entitlements, amongst others.
Knabayi explained that the strike was suspended after an agreement was reached between the striking teachers and the chairmen of the six area councils following the intervention of the minister.
He added that a 6-man committee was also set up and inaugurated to find a lasting solution to the issues.
He said the committee reconsidered their stand and suspended the strike following the intervention of the minister of the FCT.
He said on the other two issues—poison allowances and payment of minimum wage arrears—the minister has agreed to intervene with an agreement for their implementation in four weeks.
He said the suspension of the strike for six weeks is to enable the minister to take action and see to the implementation of the commitments.
The chairman commended Wike for the intervention, which he described as timely and impactful.
Knabayi said the Council Chairman of Abaji, Abubakar Abdullahi has already commenced the payment of teachers. This is an indication of their readiness to meet the agreement.
He identified the communication gap as one of the major issues affecting the relationship between the union and the chairmen of the councils.
Knabayi said teachers are patient people, teachers are understanding people and teachers can tolerate delays in payment of their entitlement when they are aware of a plan to pay.
He stressed that they had to embark on the strike because no one was telling them anything about their entitlement or when they would be paid.