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FCT Teachers Strike: FCT Minister, Wike blames Area Councils’ Chairmen

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Mr Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT has blamed Chairmen of the six area councils for the ongoing strike by primary school teachers in the territory.

According to the minister, local council officials have not fulfilled their responsibilities.

Wike stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday shortly before a close-door emergency meeting with security agencies and the Chairmen.

AFRIPOST that the FCT wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT on Sunday ordered primary school teachers to resume an indefinite strike from Jan. 15.

The strike is a continuation of an earlier one suspended by the union in 2023 over non-payment of 40 per cent Peculiar Allowance and 25 months minimum wage arrears, among other issues.

The NUT suspended the strike on Oct. 2, 2023, to allow for the resolution of the issues within six weeks but nothing was done.

The minister has now blamed the lingering strike on the Chairmen and urged them to be more alive to their duties.

“Recently the NUT has embarked on strike; it is not because of our fault, it is the Councils’ Chairmen’s fault because primary schools are under the purview of the area councils.

“Again, it will look as if the ministers are doing nothing, but that is not our responsibility,” Wike said.

He, however, said they could not afford to fold their hands over the strike, adding that he had invited the striking teachers for a meeting to resolve the problems.

“Council Chairmen should know that they must wake up to their responsibilities,” the minister added.

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