Primary school teachers in the Kuje Area Council, Abuja, embarked on an indefinite strike on Monday over the alleged inability of Council President Abdullahi Sabo to reach an agreement with the Nigerian Teachers Union.

Kuje branch president Audu Lucky revealed this in a statement signed by four executive members of the union and sent to the Nigerian News Agency in Kuje on Tuesday.

Lucky said the Kuje teachers were no longer willing to take themselves for granted until the Kuje area council chairman complied with their demands.

It said: “The union noted with dismay the failure by the council chair to address the backlog of outstanding local education authority teachers’ rights.”

The NUT president added that the union had sent a letter to Sabo, with a reference number, NUT/169/5/138, dated 3/1/2023, while an ultimatum letter dated 2/2023 was also sent. 12/2022 to him.

Lucky said, “In view of the above, the union leadership calls on all LEA primary school teachers in the Kuje area council to proceed with an indefinite strike from Monday, January 9, 2023, until new notification.

“Teachers at LEA Kuje Elementary School are hereby directed to comply with this directive, please.”

Lucky listed the demands to include paying salaries to teachers recruited in 2018 whose salaries were abruptly suspended by the council president in September 2022.

”Presentation of the agreed payment template for LEA teachers’ arrears to the JAAC Secretariat and continuation of payment to interested teachers.

“Payment of salaries to teachers reabsorbed in 2022, who have been working from January to December 2022 without salary,” he added.

According to Lucky, based on these demands, the union’s branch and state bodies requested to meet with the president of the council, but he refused to meet with them.

He claimed that the union had ordered all primary school teachers in the area to stay away from their jobs while parents were advised to keep their children and wards safe at home.

All of NAN’s efforts to obtain Sabo’s comment were unsuccessful, as he did not return several phone calls made to his line, just as he did not reply to two SMS messages sent to him.

However, FCT Universal Education Board Chairman Alhassan Sule said the board was doing everything humanly possible to resolve the crisis amicably.

Sule said, “And he was telling the president that he should not let only his local government experience such an unfortunate situation.

”We are aware of the situation and will soon call a meeting between the union, the Area Council and the board in order to find plausible solutions to the problem.

“Education is very crucial as it is the foundation of all development and the FCT is not handling it with kid gloves.”