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Edo NUT denies knowledge of court restraint from strike

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Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), yesterday, said it has not received any summons from the National Industrial Court (NIC) restraining it from embarking on strike in primary schools.

The NIC sitting in Benin City had on Monday in a suit filed by the Edo State Government and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in a suit marked: NICN/BEN/04/2021, restrained the NUT from proceeding on strike.

But reacting to the purported order, the state NUT said it was not served any processes or documents from the court against the strike that commenced on January 18, 2021.

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Assistant Secretary-General, Comrade Moni Mike Modesty Itua, said at the close of work on Monday, the union did not receive any papers from the NIC.

“The union is not aware of any court order. It was yet to be served any court order and as far as the union is concerned, the indefinite strike is still in force. The strike continues indefinitely,” he said.

In spite of the order, teachers did not resume in various schools visited in Benin City on the second day of the strike.

When The Guardian visited some primary schools in Benin City to ascertain compliance with the court order, it was observed that teachers were yet to resume despite the court order restraining them from embarking on strike.

The strike, however, disrupted reopening of primary schools on Monday, February 1, 2020, following the state government’s directive for resumption of academic activities in the state.

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