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Ebola: Nigerian Teachers Threaten to go on Strike over Schools’ Resumption Date



??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Following the federal government’s insistence on keeping September 22nd as schools’ resumption date, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has threatened to go on strike.

You will recall that last month, the Federal Government had ordered that all primary and secondary schools in the country should resume in October, instead of the usual September resumption, due to the current Ebola outbreak in the country.

However, last week,  the government made a new announcement, stating that schools should resume on September 22nd due to the fact that “Nigeria has achieved about 90 percent success in the fight against the dreaded Ebola virus disease.”

The union says that if the government insists on the September date, measures must be put in place to protect its members and students from the risk of contracting Ebola. They have warned that failure to do so by the resumption date, will result in a strike, Punch reports.

NUT president, Michael Alogba, stated that the union would not let any of its members resume work “until it is scientifically and medically proven that the country is out of the Ebola scourge.”

According to reports, the federal government has stated that “there is no scientific basis for schools to remain shut beyond the September 22 resumption date.”

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  1. justdeywakapass

    September 11, 2014 at 11:38 am


  2. diva

    September 11, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    May God help us oooo this ebola stuff is much its now NUT vs FED GOV God pls see us tru our health and education is now in ur hands ooo

  3. Omo1

    September 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    School owners better look for ways to protect their school and sorroundings, just like most companies and organisations are doing already…its not every matter you strike on top

  4. emerald

    September 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    teacherz are being lazy hiding under the cover of ebola

  5. pearl

    September 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Jonathan wait until it is 100 percent free na. Shu

  6. benmicker

    September 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Indeed Ebola is a dreaded diseases but the fact about the promise of God is that “none of the diseases of the Egytians shall be upon his children”.this is the right time to prove that you are a real christian,just send your child to school and stop panicking.don’t you send your child to market?didn’t your child go to church?are they locked up inside in such a way that they don’t come out? Education is the only key that unlock the door of ignorance and illiteracy and no child should be denied or delayed of acquiring it.

    • Iris

      September 12, 2014 at 4:48 am

      Why didn’t you say “let us send our children to school? I am sending mine to show an example.” *hiss*

  7. Charlesplus

    September 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Its better for the private schools to resume duty by September and not agree with the strike matter because the public teachers have nothing to loose whether resumption date is postponed to February or March next year,their salary will stll remain intact.


    September 11, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Thought the last known patient has been discharged. Why can’t schools reopen?

    I personally have concerns over hospitals, schools, availability of adequate running water and hand washing. Most of our hospitals still do not have adequate running water, faucets and sinks for hand washing. We must remember that hand sanitizers do not protect against all infections and even when they do hands must be washed at certain times.
    It is very wrong to provide water for hand washing in a health care facility in containers like basins ( Go to our rural communities).
    Can the government make it standard that all health care facilities and schools must have steady and adequate running water, adequate faucets and sinks ? Boreholes can be utilized to provide water if and when there is no municipal/ government generated water.
    The bigger the facility is, the more boreholes they will have , so that they will have enough water supply until they acquire municipal
    /government water supply .We can start with one facility at a time.

    Frequent and adequate hand washing is the easiest and cheapest way of preventing infections. My humble suggestion.

    • Elite

      September 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Lets see if they can keep to their words. My kids attend private school . I ve bn to about two schools in d last week and i didn’t see anythg in place. The last tym i got tap water run in my place was about 3weeks ago, we ve bn buying water. Wat FG failed to do is putting necessary equipments in place. I feel they should leave d resumption till oct and all states min. Of Edu should ensure all schools private and public comply wit having temperature scanners and oda equipments in place.

  9. T.k

    September 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Though the excuse of protecting the children is valid, keeping them at home for almost half of the school year is quite unreasonable. When (by the grace of God) Ebola is gone, we might be faced with an education system weaker than we left it. Final year students should at least be allowed some concessions, considering the fact that they can’t simply play ” catch up” . External exams will commence, with or without our students being fully prepared or not. If the date is shifted, teachers would be under a huge amount of pressure to finish the syllabus and keep deadlines.

  10. david

    September 11, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    government should know that the more student stay at home the more dullard we be, please help us on this situation let resume on 22 please govt

  11. oluchi

    September 11, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Keeping the children at home will not stop d virus not to spread.those kicking against 22nd I’m quite sure their children are not schooling in nigeria

  12. Olayemi Victor

    September 11, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Public school teachers are laxy. They are only hiding under the excuse of ebola. It is a pity we have enemy of our nation as president of the so called NUT. Private school teachers are not part of your agenda . Rotten at home if you like.

  13. ifeoma

    September 12, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Would you all have an EBola epidemic before we do the right thing? Schools can’t open until the govt proves we dont have ebola in nigeria again. Because of one case * ppl lost their lives. The number might be small but these ppl meant a lot to ppl. Perhaps if Liberia nad other countries have put taken proper measures like this we wont be where we are. People with kids know how infectious disease can spread fast among kids especially toddlers that can’t take care of themselves. The school can start a “learn from home” programme encouraging parents to pay school fees. It will be irresponsible for the govt and any parent to send their kids to school until we are sure about the PH issue. As for the guy dat said we should use faith; The bible records that God told Joseph to take Baby Jesus to egypt so Herod would not kill him and when Jesus was tempted by satan he did not succumb and jump but said we should not test God. If you see fire and put ur hand it will burn you faith or not. lets be wise. We have prayed and believe Ebola will be gone soon but until then, keep ur kids safe at home until d govt can show us that ebola is gone. Lets also advocate for the FG to help contain the disease in other countries becos as long as it is der, we will still be vunerable. #GodblessNigeria

  14. Fre

    September 12, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Nigeria sha, everything is strike.
    We are humans and can appeal to other senses. Must we resort to force/coercion/threats?

  15. Aiyetitun, Omolaja Michael

    September 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    NUT should not go on strike in d sake of our children. While FG should try and contain the deceases b4 it is too late In addition the final year students should at least be allowed some concessions, considering the fact that they can’t simply play ” catch up” . External exams will commence, with or without our students being fully prepared or not. If the date is shifted, teachers would be under a huge amount of pressure to finish the syllabus and keep deadlines.

  16. Jessica

    September 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    NUT should not worry. Maybe the outbreak will be cleared by 2020. Then we will attend school. Jesus was rigit when he said “ye men of little faith” mtchew. Ebola ko Deborah ni

  17. Brightman

    September 12, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Ebola stop joking with my education, God please help us

  18. Brightman

    September 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    What is this, ebola where are you from, who sent you and when do you think of going, please go you have overstayed you welcome

  19. Brightman

    September 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    If i have the power i will order that school should resume because is only God that care and am 95% sure that he will take care of us nothing will happen to us, federal government look into this comment

    • Kemi

      September 12, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      Why not 100%?

  20. joshua

    September 12, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    We believe dat education is important bt life frist oh, xo FG make una use una brain do tinx oh

  21. Brown Goodnews Manfred

    September 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    yes, eating bread of last arflitionp(ebola)is not good for student to get. But don’t your children go to play and don’t them go to church don’t they,they do. Please perents i ask you all i am no more happy of staying at home.The bible says that we should fear not that God him self is with us so why should we fear .Please send your children to school nothing is happening thank’s for accepting my request thank you all.

  22. Tope

    September 12, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Was University closed down? Most of the NUT officials are heartless. Their children are outside the country schooling. My advice is this if the school shouldn’t resume then Let it be No Work No pay as teachers go on strike

  23. Victee 1010

    September 13, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Ebola, deadly ebole. those people who died by the virous, are they student? NO. then why prolonging these matter. let our primary & secondry schools resume. as long as the children goes to church, mosque, even maket, they play together. and non of them contract the virous then why school? let be wise, be brave. the (NUT)! they don’t want to work. but collect their salary let government let be no work no salary. or sack them. many garduate where out there looking for job. ebola my foot. GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  24. Emmanuel

    September 13, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Provided the government has not yet put the preventive measures in place then the resumption of schools should be delayed,we cannot send the children to school to contract ebola where therre is even greater risk for children in the boarding school.SO FOR THAT REASON I AM IN SUPPORT OF NUT AND NMA……

  25. Funmilayo

    September 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I want the federal Government and the NUT to allow all schools to resume on September 22nd, we don’t want any strike, We student plead on you.

  26. Esther

    September 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

    For the sake of we children, the FG should find something to do with this virus. While the NUT should pls don’t go on strike because the public school teachers will not be able to finish up all syllabus for the term if you go on strike and is only God that can save someone from this deadly virus.We want to resume back to school on 22nd of September. Please have comment to this Statement the Federal Government and NUT.

  27. Bendickson

    September 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    NUT,u are only fighting a selfish fight.nigerian wil know the genueness of your fight if you accept that there should be no salary without sch d only point of contact?govt,dont mind them,they ar only displayin their hypocristy.sch sud resume kocho.

  28. Mary

    September 13, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Nawa for some people,, Education and Life choose one. Is it not when you are alive and healthy that you will go to school? If you are dead or sick will u still go to school? Some people made mention of parents going to church with their Children, yes they go with them and control them by themselves some don’t send their children to market but go by themselves. Now tell me who will control this children in their various schools, they suck their fingers bite themselves, in most big and modern schools (foreign like) you see children of 2, 3, 4, years up they kiss their fellow kid chicks and so on. If a child get infected and go home believe u me that child will share it to every member of the family before they will even find out, Ohhhhh what are we talking here? Have you been to Nursery and Primary schools and see how they spread infections like chickenpox, Apolo etc. It’s well, I think FG is scared that private school teachers might ask for support maybe pay them to enable them put food on their desk which is right in this case but they have not and I don’t think they’ll, instead FG want schools to reopen as fast as possible, though reason is well known to them. As far as I am concerned it’s a wrong decision that schools should reopen on 22nd September. Patience is very important, not when many must have passed on then cure will be out had I know will be the 2nd EBOLA. Thanks all.

  29. John Akpan

    September 13, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    The NUT should be very careful .there are million of teachers in private school. How are they going survive? Their death will be more than ebola

  30. Adeyemi

    September 14, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Why do we african behave abnormally? Some people keep talking about their kids, wanting them to goback to schl. WHy are u not concerned about their health? Staying at home for 2 to 3 month does not mean ur child will be dull. Youbas a person,ifyou think U can be a dullard within 3 months, then u need to go for brain check up. Lets be realistic, if the out break is more than this, will you even think of sending your kids back to school? The people inthe government dont have their own kids in school over here in Nigeria. They sent them abroad to schl. Why must you endanger the life of ur kids? Most of this problem/negative coments are coming from Private school teachers and Private school owners. Allnyou care for is Money. Think twice

  31. chichi

    September 15, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    hmmmmm! Govt.. please wait a little is not clear if ebola is still rampant here . God in you we put out health.

  32. joe

    September 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Schools like multischolar schools,greensprings,edidot,debiruss en co. Dat can prevent ebola from their students can resume and doz dat are not ready can keep goin on strike

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