PRIMARY school teachers under the umbrella of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, in Nasarawa State have paralysed academic activities following their protest to register their displeasure over payment of their monthly salaries in percentages by the state government.
The teachers are also protesting nonpayment of four months salary arrears, implementation of annual increment, promotion of deserving staff since 2011, among other demands.
The protest, which took place simultaneously across the 13 local government areas of the state, involved both teaching and none teaching staffers of the local education authorities participated in the protest.
In Keana local government council, the NUT members led by their branch chairman, Comrade Mohammed Otaki Sule matched down to the council secretariat in company of school children who joined in the protest in solidarity with their teachers and handed over a protest letter containing their demands to the council authorities.
Comrade Sule regretted that the nonpayment of salaries and other entitlements had negatively affected their members as most of them have had their children sent out of school, while others died untimely as a result of lack of money to attain to their health challenges.
“As I speak to you now, our members can no longer afford three-square meal. Most of them have died, while many have their children withdrawn from different schools because they can’t afford school fees. We are left to survive on the mercy of God”
The Keana NUT boss averred that the teachers were left with no option than to take to the streets in protest, pointing out that the action would be followed by complete shutdown of the primaries schools across the state.
Reacting to the development Education Secretary of the local government, Yahaya Outoshi Ari who acknowledged that the teachers were passing through difficult times, attributed the development to dwindling allocation to the state from the federation account, and appealed to the protesting teachers to employ dialogue in pressing home their demands.
Nigerian Pilot report that the protesters displayed placards with various inscriptions such as: “We did not vote for you to kill our schools”, “Stop delaying our salary, education is the bedrock of the society”, among others.

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