FCT-NUT has directed that all teachers should commence indefinite strike as from Wednesday January 26, 2022 in all the primary schools over what it termed failure in the part of the six area council chairmen to abide with agreement for a round table discussion.
In a communique issued in Abuja and personally signed by the Chairman of the union Dr. Stephen Knabayi and forwarded to Elanza new.com, noted that the state wing executive council (SWEC) held an emergency meeting on 25th January 2022 to review the level of compliance and the commitment of the area councils’ chairmen to the agreement between them and the union which led to the suspension of primary schools industrial action on 1st December, 2021.
The communique read in parts: “The union deliberated in-session, however, applauded the efforts of the Hon. Minister of the federal capital territory, Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello for fulfilling his promise to pay the outstanding 2018 promotion arrears to Secondary School teachers.
“The SWEC in-session acknowledges the implementation of 2019 and 2020 teacher’s promotions across the six area councils in the month of November 2021 but observed with dismay the non-commitment of the area council to abide by the agreement that they would invite the union for a round table discussion to come up workable template for the payment of backlogs of LEA teachers outstanding entitlements in their various councils.
“Given the fact that the suspension of the LEA teachers’ strike action on 1st December 2021 was anchored on the above mentioned agreement which has failed, despite several overtures from the union, the SWEC-in-session unanimously resolved that all FCT primary schools teachers should with effect from Wednesday 26, January, 2022 resume the suspended strike action till further notice.
“The union hereby directs all primary school teachers in FCT to comply with the directive to stay away from their duty post await for further directive from the union”, it reads.