By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado-Ekiti—As students from both private and public schools are billed to resume school today, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Ekiti State chapter has directed its members not to resume at their duty posts until the August and September salaries, as well as the July deductions were paid.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the NUT Chairman in the State, Samuel Akosile,blamed Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration for allegedly laying less emphasis on the welfare of teachers in the state.
Akosile said the state government has no justification to ask its members to resume duties when they are being owed two months salaries and other allowances, while others in other sectors, particularly at the Local Government level have been paid up to September.
Teachers in the State are supposed to resume for the 2014/2015 session on September 17, but was later postponed till today, Wednesday due to the threat the spread of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, posed to the country.
The NUT boss said the body has no option than to continue with the strike embarked upon by other civil servants in the State last Thursday over similar agitations.
It will be recalled that the state civil servants under the auspices of the Joint Negotiating Council had last week directed its members to proceed on indefinite strike action over the failure of the state government to pay it salary and other deductions
Also,public servants in the state have been directed to proceed with their strike action
In a telephone interview with the newsmen ,the JNC’s Chairman , Com Johnson Oladipupo , said other civil servants in the State Ministries,
Departments and Agencies would also continue with the strike
According to him, the payment of August salary to his members was not enough for
government to compel them to return to work “We could only return to work when all outstanding entitlements are paid.
Oladipupo also dissociated his members from any planned streets’ protest against Governor Fayemi, calling on the Police Commissioner, Mr Taiwo Lakanu to arrest anybody found disrupting the peace of the State .
The Commissioner for Information, Mr Tayo Ekundayo, who responded to the workers’ position, pleaded for understanding, claiming that Fayemi’s government has been reacting promptly to payment of workers’ dues until the June 21 governorship election.
The commissioner noted that the banks became unwilling to give facilities
based on threat from the Peoples Democratic Party that it would not take responsibility for repayment when the Governor elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose is installed,
The NUT boss said, “How can we go back to work when we are being cheated. We cannot prevent that all is well when my people are dying in in silence.
As we speak now, my people have not received August and September Salaries , as well as deduction on July Salary.
“But to our utmost surprise, the Local Government workers have been paid up to September, so what is the justification for Governor
Kayode Fayemi to ask us to resume to duties? “I hereby directed that all our members must remain at home until we
are paid, because I don’t want a situation whereby my people will be dying on the road or working with empty stomachs”, he said