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Nigerian news:Group wants end to teachers strike in Lagos

The Democratic Peoples’ Alliance (DPA) wants the Lagos State Government and the local branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to call a truce and immediately reopen schools for children’s sake.

Lagos DPA said in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Felix Oboagwina: “The current crisis is unwarranted, inexcusable and immoral in a state that earns N14 billion every month as Internally Generated Revenue, from which it illegitimately pays a private tax firm N2.1 billion every month.”

The party said the crisis simply meant the government lacked the political will to fulfill earlier promises made on the 27.5 percent increase in the Teachers’ Salary Structure (TSS).

“How far has Lagos gone with meeting the UN recommendation to devote 26 percent of budget to education?” DPA queried.

“How far has Lagos gone to tackle recurring negative decimals in the public schooling system? How far has Lagos dealt with its schools’ dilapidated buildings, classes overcrowded with as many as 120 pupils as opposed to the 25 recommended by the United Nations?

How far has Lagos tackled the problems of incessant strikes, inadequate teachers, unchecked levies and low teacher morale? What is Lagos doing about lack of library and laboratory facilities and dearth of scholarships, bursaries and foreign training? Let them tell us.”

Noting that poorer states like Kwara, Bayelsa and Kaduna had since implemented the TSS, DPA said the current face-off underscored the Deputy Governor, Princess Sarah Sosan’s incompetence as Commissioner for Education.

“The government has so estranged itself from the citizens that in a truly democratic setting, it deserves to lose the next elections hands down,” the party statement said.

Urging the state to quickly follow in the footsteps of other states that had implemented the TSS, the party further warned that the teachers strike would further stall the development of the state’s educational sector.