• As 38-year-old wins Maltina Teacher of the Year award

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has said it is not bothered by the ‘no work, no pay’ policy against industrial actions by the Federal Government, saying on October 19, if its members are not paid their owed salaries by concerned states of the federation, strike will be inevitable. Speaking in Lagos on Thursday night at the presentation of the Maltina Teacher of the Year Award by the Nigerian Breweries Plc-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, the President of the union, Comrade Michael Olukoya-Alogba, said the policy was only meant to cow Nigerian workers but that they remained resolute and undeterred in the fight against what he described as maltreatment of Nigerian teachers by the government.

He said the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the union will meet in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Thursday where the members in all the states owing salaries will be given the required nod to commence indefinte strike.

He said; “In Bayelsa State, secondary school teachers are being owed four months while the primary school teachers are owed nine months. It is the same situation in almost all the states of the federation. “It is not only unacceptable, it is a national embarrassment.

Without pre-empting NEC, I want to believe that decision has been taken at our meeting of October 4, so as long as our members are not paid before then, nationwide strike is the next thing.” Meanwhile, a 38-year-old son of a teacher and teacher with Mastercare International School, Asaba, Delta State, Mr. Felix Ariguzo, has emerged the 2017 Maltina Teacher of the Year. For the feat, Ariguzo was rewarded with N1 million in addition to N500,000 he received as Delta State champion.

He will also receive N1 million every year for the next five years, a training programme abroad and a block of six classrooms built at his school. Ariguzo, a Biology and Chemistry teacher, said that he draws inspiration for teaching from his love for service and knowledge building and thanked Nigerian Breweries for the gesture. He said; “Today, I am very happy and proud.