Teachers in Osun have given the state government 14-day ultimatum to pay their outstanding allowances, release running grants and provide instructional materials in schools.
This was contained in a letter sent to Governor Rauf Aregbesola by the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).
The union warned that failure by the government to meet the demands would lead to indefinite strike in primary and secondary schools.
The union had, among other things, demanded the immediate provision of the required instructional materials in schools and release of current examination and previous running grants.
According to the letter, the leave grants of secondary school teachers have not been paid since December 2013.
The letter, which was signed by the union Chairman, Comrade Olawuyi Emmanuel, also reminded the governor of the contents of a communiqué issued on Oct. 14 where the same issues were raised.
“In our last communiqué issued on 14 October 2014, jointly signed by the NUT and ANCOPSS, we requested the state government to honour and give immediate attention to the following demands.
“We also demanded the provision of instructional materials to schools, release of current examination and previous running grants to schools, and the payment of leave grant of secondary schools teachers since Dec ember 2013.
“In the same communiqué, we could recall that the NUT humbly requested that the state government or its representative to invite the leadership of the union for a dialogue to address the issues.
“Unfortunately, the state government has not considered it necessary to do so, while our job as teachers in the classroom continues to suffer.
“In this regards, therefore, the Nigeria Union of Teachers wish to give the state government an ultimatum of 14 days to address the above issues.”
The statement said that failure of government to honour the demands “will force the entire teachers in both primary and secondary schools to down tool and embark on an indefinite strike until our demands are met.”