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BREAKING: Edo primary school teachers suspend strike indefinite

By Bisi Olaniyi, Benin

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Edo State Wing has suspended its indefinite strike, which entered 19th day.

In a statement by its chairman, Pius Okhueleigbe, the Assistant Secretary-General, Mike Itua and three other members of the executive, the teachers disclosed the suspension of the indefinite strike, which commenced on January 18, was made possible by the national leadership of the union.

It urged all public primary school heads and teachers in Edo state to resume work on Monday, February 8, 2021.

The union declared any form of victimisation against Edo NUT leaders and members should be promptly reported to the leadership for necessary action.

It urged the Godwin Obaseki’s administration to utilise the opportunity of the suspension of the indefinite strike to urgently meet Edo NUT’s ten-point demands to restore hope and confidence between government and the union, thereby enhancing the welfare of the primary school teachers.

While appreciating the entire members of NUT in Edo state for their unprecedented solidarity and sustenance of the indefinite strike, the union passed a vote of confidence in the state and branch leaders of the NUT in the state and its affiliates.

Edo NUT also hailed the genuine efforts of the national leadership of the union, members of Edo state government transition committee, NUT Edo state Wing Elders Council, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity’s Edo state office and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Edo state council, among others, for the unprecedented support to have the issues resolved amicably.

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