The Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), on Tuesday defied the National Industrial Court order which restrained it from embarking on strike.
The National Industrial Court sitting in Benin City had on Monday in a suit filed by the State Government and the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) with Suit No. NICN/BEN/04/2021, restrained the NUT from proceeding on any strike in the state primary schools.
However, reacting to the restraining order, the state leadership of NUT, said it had not been served with any processes or documents of court injunction against the ongoing strike that commenced on 18th January, 2021.
The Assistant Secretary-General of the NUT, Comrade Moni Mike Modesty Itua said at the close of work on Monday, no court papers has been served to the union.
“The union is not aware of any court order. It was yet to be served any court order. As far as the union is concerned, the indefinite strike is still in force. The indefinite strike continues indefinitely”,he said.
In spite of the restraining court order, teachers on the second day of the strike failed to resume at their various schools visited by our reporter in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
It was observed that the officials of the Public Works Volunteer (PUWOV) were deployed to man schools across the state.
A visit to Emokpae Model primary school, along Mission Road, the school was still like on Monday devoid of the normal hustling and bustling of academic activities as the teachers were yet to call off the ongoing strike.
Few staff suspected to be those of the local government education authority and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) were sighted in the school with few pupils in a classroom as well as officials of the Public Works Volunteer (PUWOV) to provide security to the staff.
The situation at Agbado primary school along Akpakpava Road was the worst as there were no teachers and pupils in the school premises except officials of the Public Works Volunteer (PUWOV).
Asoro primary school was under lock and key, while officials of the Public Works Volunteer (PUWOV) manned the gate when visited.
At Ogbe primary school located at First East Circular Road, only officials of the Public Works Volunteer (PUWOV) were in the school.
The strike which took effect on Monday, January 18 disrupted school resumption yesterday across the state, leaving pupils of government-owned schools stranded.