Following the agreement reached between the Delta State government
and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on issues bordering on welfare
of teachers in the state, the union, yesterday suspended its proposed
strike action.
The suspension of the industrial action was
contained in a communiqué issued at the end of an extraordinary
emergency meeting of the State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) of the NUT
where the position of the
state government on the issue was x-rayed.

According
to the communiqué which was jointly signed by the state chairman of the
NUT, Comrade Jonathan Jemirieyigbe; state secretary, Elder Joe
Iyalekhue and the publicity secretary, Comrade A.I. Okogba,
respectively, SWEC-in-session expressed satisfaction with the timely
intervention of the teacher-friendly governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa over
his genuine assurance to address the issues raised by the union within
two weeks.
The communiqué listed the agreement reached at the
meeting between the government and the union to include payment of June
2016 salaries to call primary school teachers within one week; payment
of outstanding May 2016 salaries to teachers in five local government
areas,  amounting to N89million within two weeks through the state
government argumentation and immediate payment of outstanding June 2016
salaries of teachers on level 13 and above in secondary schools across
the state.
The agreement, according to the union, also included
the immediate release of implementation of outstanding promotions of
primary and post-primary school teachers from 2014 to 2016 by SUBEB and
PPEB; an  upward review of the number of graduate teachers in primary
schools to be promoted to salary grade level 15 and above and
implemented within two weeks and that the accountant-general’s office
should prepare and submit to September 2016 JAAC meeting, the two months
arrears of consolidated salary and peculiar allowance of primary school
teachers arrears of May/June 2016 and February 2016 to date.