Gentlemen of the Press, Once again, necessity is imposed on the leadership of this Union to invite you for us to bare out our minds in an unmistakable and unpretentious language on the issue of Local Government autonomy as being proposed in the new and emerging constitution of Nigeria. You are most welcome! To be specific, kindly recall our meeting with His Excellency, the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Honourable Aminu Tambuwal; and our unambiguous position regarding the interest of primary education and the payment of Teachers Salary. We did emphasize at that meeting as we still want to reiterate and insist that NEVER AGAIN would Nigeria Union of Teachers submit to pressure or even stand akimbo and allow Local Government authorities in Nigeria make mincemeat of primary school teachers salaries as our experience of 1990 – 1994 were too gruelsome, traumatic, tragic and fatal to forget. It is unfortunate, distinguished gentlemen of the press, that since that meeting with the Honourable Speaker, we have watched apparent division within the house of Labour concerning our position, some in support and some confused over NUT position. This is where we wish to put our position clear devoid of any ambiguity. For instance, the “National Leadership Newspaper” of Tuesday, February 5, 2013 on its page 5 has this to report: “the organized labour in the country under the aegis Read more
Gentlemen of the Press, It is my pleasure to welcome you once again to this gathering in order to intimate you and all Nigerians on the state of Education in Nigeria. While the Nigeria Union of Teachers is committed to effective and efficient service delivery in the Education sector, we wish to state clearly again that some other stakeholders in the Education industry are drawing back the hands of the clock through their actions and inaction. 1. PAYMENT OF HONORARIUM FOR MDGs WORKSHOP: In specific terms, the National Teachers Institute (NTI) one of the major stakeholders in Education, the training organ of the Federal Government as regards training and retraining of teachers whose responsibilities among others is to ensure that teachers are academically and professionally sound to handle teaching has suddenly joined those who take delight in cheating the teachers of Nigeria following the way and manner the MDG training programme for 2011 was handled. Whereas, teachers were to be paid a stipend of N14,000 per participant for the six day training programme organized for teachers nationwide by NTI under the auspices of 2011 MDGs programme, the institute rather short-changed the teachers by paying N2,500 to each participant. This offer, the Union believes is a slap on the sensibilities of teachers of Nigeria. In the modern day Nigeria socio-economic predicament, the NTI is offering N416 daily to a teacher in Read more
The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Teachers wish to draw the attention of the general public to the misleading and out right deceptive claim by a group of self seeking individuals who recently held a Press Conference claiming to have formed Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools to cater for all teachers in public secondary schools. It is very important to let the public know that ASUSS has remained a fraud of an institution; a fraud to national political morality and a grand fraud to civilized social existence. Registered under the “Part C” of Companies and Allied Matters Act as Conference of Secondary School Tutors (COSST), upon a fraudulent claim to subsist under the framework of Nigeria Union of Teachers, and in a chameleonic manner it surreptitiously changed its name into “Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools” and was refused registration by the Registrar of Trade Union which refusal was gazetted by the Federal Government. While gasping for breath from its terminal sickness, ASUSS approached the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and begged to be carried along by them by way of affiliation but the same affiliation was condemned in a query for its illegality by the Registrar of Trade Unions to the Trade Union Congress (TUC). It is curious, but definitely not funny to the NUT, that in its struggle for survival, ASUSS approached the National Industrial Court through Read more
As part of effort to ensure that every teacher in Nigeria is equipped with adequate knowledge on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to promote teaching and learning in schools, the Nigeria union of teachers (NUT) has established a multimillion naira ICT centre in Abuja. National president of NUT Comrade Michael Alogba Olukoya during the inauguration ceremony at the NUT National Headquarters Abuja, decried the poor ICT-based knowledge among Nigerian teachers in a digital age, saying the union had taken it upon itself to ensure that every teacher has a fair knowledge of the use of computer. He said: “computer is the in-thing and we cannot afford to leave teacher in Nigeria behind”. Olukoya said the ICT centre , equipped with 60 pieces of desktop computers connected to the internet, would be dedicated to the training of teachers, in series of training that would be organised at intervals for all Nigerian teachers form States and Local Governments.
The National President Nigeria Union of Teachers Comrade Michael Alogba Olukoya has inaugurated a 9 (nine) member Nigeria Union of Teachers Economic Commission (NUTECOM) to consider and develop investment options as a means of creating financial security and independence for the Union. Addressing members of the commission during its inauguration ceremony in Abuja, the National President, Comrade Michael Alogba Olukoya noted that the Nigeria Union of Teachers Economic and Welfare Commission, as conceived by the current leadership of the union is designed to break the cul-de-sac of poverty that restricted the union to a mono-funded agency. Comrade Olukoya stressed that “the essence of NUTECOM is to break the chain of slavery by venturing into investments through sustainable macro- economic activities to broaden the income base of the union. He further highlighted the fact that NUTECOM as conceived, is in consonance with Article 2 (v) of the union constitution which is to “enhance the social and economic well being of members and establish welfare funds for the benefits of members” He therefore charged members to collaborate with state wings of the union who operate similar welfare schemes, Federal Ministry of Labour as well as other Agencies to provide safeguards in managing all forms of welfare schemes operational at State levels of the union. The secretary General of the Union in his remarks enjoined members of the commission to be guided by Read more
COMRADE MICHAEL ALOGBA OLUKOYA AT THE OCCASION OF A COURTESY VISIT ON HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA DR. GOODLUCK EBELE AZIKIWE JONATHAN (GCFR) ON MONDAY 28TH MARCH, 2011 AT THE STATE HOUSE, ABUJA. PROTOCOLS. PREAMBLE Your Excellency, I wish to express the warmth and very deep appreciation of the entire teachers in all pre-primary, primary and secondary schools in Nigeria, whom we represent, for the unique opportunity you have graciously granted us to meet with you today on this courtesy visit. We are indeed happy and proud to be at the State House this day, to interact with one of us, a colleague of the noble teaching profession and one who fully appreciates the essence and efficacy of education as a veritable instrument for national development, integration and social engineering. Owing to the high premium the Union places on this visit and the love we have for Mr President, it was decided, even at short notice, that all members of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Union, made up of not less than four representatives from every State of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) be invited to participate in this interactive session with Your Excellency, so as to give it a national flavour, in full Read more
The National president of NUT Comrade Mike Olukoya has called on the Ministry of Labour to check illegal activities of all unregisted associations that have ascribed unto themselves the status of an industrial Union. The NUT president described such groups as having selfish motives with a desire to acquire power and occupy position at all cost thus creating confusion, conflict, and division among members. Comrade Olukoya who made specific reference to the illegal activities of an unrecognized splinter group within the rank of Nigerian teachers, the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) drew the Honorable Ministers attention to a letter which emanated from the Ministry stating that the ASUSS as a body is not legally registerable, cannot carry out the duties and responsibilities of a trade union organization and therefore remains illegal and should be de-recognized. The NUT president while praising Honourable Minister for his efforts toward a cordial working relation with all segments of the nations workforce, stressed that the trade union (Amended act) of 2005 does not confer automatic registration as trade union as is being erroneously interpreted. The Act only recognizes the right of membership of an individual to belong to an association as guaranteed by Clause 40 of the Nigerian constitution of 1999. The Honorable Minister of Labour and Productivity Mr. Chukwuemeka Wogu in his response assured the NUT leadership that as a government which Read more
The Nigerian union of teachers have once again launched an new guide for the improvement and the benefits of teachers This guide will help both teachers and students on the federal repunlic of nigeria and so on