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Teachers shut down schools in Enugu over govt’s refusal to pay minimum wage



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The Enugu State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has shut down activities in public primary schools in the state.

The teachers downed tools due to the government’s unwillingness to pay the N30,000 minimum wage, a circular signed by the state chairman, Theophilus Nweke, and its secretary, Macs Nnaji, stated.

“The State Executive Council of the NUT has, in a well-attended meeting, mandated the union to direct all the affected public primary school teachers in the state not to resume for the third term of the 2021/2022 academic session.

“This is with effect from Monday, May 9, until payment of the N30,000 minimum wage is commenced.

“The strike must be total as no public primary school teacher in the state is to be seen in any school while the strike lasts,” the circular partly read.

The circular further stated that the union could only suspend the action through a written directive of the union’s leadership.

“It is now or never, comrades,” it added.

There has been total compliance to the strike order.

All the public primary schools visited in the Enugu metropolis were under lock and key.

In a reaction, the Commissioner for Education, Uche Eze, said the state government had already begun implementing the new wage for primary school teachers.