Teachers Begin Indefinite Strike In Taraba State


The Taraba State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has asked its members to stop holding classes, starting from Wednesday. It said that an indefinite strike has been declared over unpaid salaries for the past three months.

The strike action, according to the union may last till whenever the state government shows “sincere commitments” to clearing the backlog of wages owed teachers in the state. The union also wants the government to stop “illegal deductions” noticed during the payment of teachers’ salaries in recent past.

The Chairman of the union, Aliyu Jauro Mafindi, announced this on Monday at a media briefing in Jalingo, the state capital. He said that the union had initially embarked upon on a three-day warning strike which it later suspended after the government held talks with the union’s officials.

Mr. Madindi said that the decision to go on an indefinite strike was taken after the state executive of the union convened a meeting on Monday to deliberate on the way forward after its unsuccessful post-warning strike dialogues with the state government representatives.

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According to Mr. Madindi;

“After the suspension of the strike, government side representatives were expected to see His Excellency, the governor, with the agreement for his consideration and possible approval, but since then there was no any serious action or committal statement from the side of the government.

“At the excecutive meeting, it was unanimously resolved that all teachers in public primary schools in Taraba State should immediately proceed on an indefinite strike action until further notice.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Association (NFF) has dissociated itself from one Aneke Atta reportedly asking players to pay for a place in the U-17 National Team. It stated that it has no relationship or connection whatsoever with one of its licensed intermediaries, Mr. Emefie Atta Aneke.

Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach, Manu Garba had last week raised alarm that a self-acclaimed Aneke Atta was parading himself as an official of the NFF with the intent of defrauding youngsters desirous of being part of the U-17 National squad. But the NFF Transfer Matching System (TMS) Manager, Nasiru Jibril informed that the said Atta mentioned by Manu was nothing but a fictitious person who might have cloned the original name of a reputable Intermediary for the sake of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

Nasiru Jibril explained;

“It is unfortunate that the name Aneke Atta is being used for this kind of mess. We want the public to note that this person cannot be the same Mr. Emefie Atta Aneke who is one of our most trusted intermediaries.”