Bayelsa govt pays salary to avert teachers’ strike

The payment of April salary for primary school teachers in Bayelsa has averted a planned three-day warning strike by teachers in the state.

The state chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) had planned to proceed on a warning strike to press for payment of up to seven months salary arrears.

Dr Agatha Goma, Bayelsa Commissioner for Local Government Administration, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa on Sunday that the ministry had met with the teachers union to avert the strike.

Goma commended the primary school teachers for their patience and assured that the state government would implement all agreements reached with their union.

She attributed the delay in the payment of the salaries to paucity of funds due to dwindling revenue as a result of economic downturn.

The commissioner explained that the local government share of the Paris Club refunds was deployed to the payment of salaries of primary school teachers.

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