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FCT LEA strike enters one month in Sept ending over minimum wage, others


FCT LEA strike enters one month in Sept ending over minimum wage, others

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By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Public primary schools otherwise known as Local Education Authority (LEA), Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, will be about one month old on strike by the end of the month of September 2023.

Findings revealed that the LEA proceeded on the strike since on 4th September to drive home the backlog of arrears of 25 months minimum wage, pay rise and promotion, keeping children of the poor at home indefinitely.

According to investigation, the minister of FCT Barrister Nyesom Wike told the NUT, the striking teacher’s umbrella body, to give him three months to settle down in office as new minister to address their issues.

But our correspondent gathered that the teachers insisted that they’ll not resume classes until one of their demands are met to show signs of seriousness on the part of government.

One of the affected teacher who spoke in confidence said “The LEAs strike is under NUT.

“The persons in charge are the chairman of each Area Council of all the six Area Council, but it depends on the chairman that is able to pay the backlog arrears of 25 months minimum wage, 40% rise that happens about April.

“Promotions arrears that has not been paid. Even upgrading to the level they suppose to be pay is hanging and several others. Its all the LEAs in the six Area councils in Abuja.

Nut is the body representing the teachers that’s fighting for it. They’re having meetings. The new FCT minster said they should give him three months that he just resume duty.
“They said they beg them for 3 months during meeting with Nut. That one out of the 25 months minimum wage or 40% pay rise, should be pay showing sign seriousness for them to resume”, the teacher stated.