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The worst place in Nigeria to have a primary school age child is Benue – but at last some good news

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The worst place in Nigeria to have a primary school age child is Benue – but at last some good news

by Segun Odeleye

In Benue state, pupils in primary schools have been at home for eight months. They have all lost an academic year as their school teachers under the aegis of the Nigerian Union of Teachers’ (NUT) have been on strike and the government of Gov. Gabriel Suswam has not deemed it fit to accede to their demands.

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The teachers have been demanding that the government begins to pay them the minimum wage enjoyed by their fellow workers but the government failed to oblige leading to the downing of tools.

However, yesterday parents received cheery news when the state chairman of the NUT, Godwin Anya, disclosed that the schools will resume full academic activities on Monday next week.

He said that the expected reopening of the schools on July 7 was decided on, “following the resolution of the matter between the national body and state government in Abuja a few days ago”.

Anya said the government would pay the teachers two months salaries out of what they are being owed before the end of this week based on old rate, after which it will commence implementation of the minimum wage.

“We are resuming on July 7, because the state government has acceded to our demands. We hope they will honour the agreement,” he said.

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