Ogun Teachers To Continue Strike Action

Teachers in Ogun State have resolved to continue with the indefinite strike action they started on January 16.

This came as the second meeting they had with representatives of the state government on January 20 did not yield any positive result.

The first meeting reportedly convened by Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun State governor, in Abeokuta on January 17 could not hold because they refused to meet with Taiwo Adeoluwa, secretary to the state government.

The leaders of the state chapters of the Nigeria Union of Teachers and Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools insisted on meeting with the governor to resolve all the outstanding issues.

The second meeting which was superintended by Modupe Adekunle, head of Service, did not also yield any positive result.

At the meeting, the government told the union leaders to return to their members and call off the strike action before the dialogue would continue.

Akeem Lasisi, state ASUSS Chairman who confirmed this, noted that there was no way

teachers would resume, without the government addressing their grievances. “Some elders have intervened in the matter and we are expecting to be called for

another meeting soon,” he said.

The teachers are protesting, among other things, the non- payment of 12.5 per cent Teachers Peculiar Allowance and 2014 Leave Allowance for Grade levels 13 to 17, and the withholding of deductions of bank loans, cooperative loans, union dues from October 2014 to date from their salaries.

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