Monday, 5 October 2015


Today is World Teachers Day Comrade Udeh a primary school teacher writes from Otukpo LG.

May I first of all commend you for the proactive position your news outfit assumes among the commity of online news outfits. Your objectivity is highly commendable.

My name is Comrade Udeh Adole, a primary school teacher in Otukpo LGA. I was elected as the branch chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers on November 7th, 2012.

You may recall the appalling treatment we got from the last administration following the non-implementation of the Minimum Wage for primary school teachers. Perturbed by the indifference of the state leadership of NUT under Godwin Anya, I decided to lead teachers out in a peaceful protest.

We secured due permission from police and other law enforcement agencies who were all present at the demonstration on 26th March 2013.

Nothing was destroyed as we conducted ourselves with a high sense of decorum. To my greatest surprise, I was suspended and my entire Excos dissolved. A caretaker committee was instituted and this move was unanimously rejected by Otukpo teachers.

I was never given a fair hearing till date and the caretaker committee is still in office after three years.

As a news agency of global repute, please I want you to investigate this issue and find out if I lie. All documents relating to this are available. As we mark World Teachers Day today, I cry out for justice. Let the rule of law prevail. Let the truth be told. The lack of internal democracy in the largest trade union in Benue State is completely opposed to the spirit of true unionism where an injury to one is considered an injury to all.

The media is the voice of the voiceless.


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