The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) yesterday demanded the establishment of Federal Teaching Service Commission (FTSU).
NUT said that establishing FTSU would give teaching the dignity that other professions have enjoyed over the years.
NUT National President, Mr. Micheal Olukoya, spoke at the inauguration of the Federal Unity Schools’ teachers as federal wing of the union and members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
Olukoya said: “The union is demanding for the Federal Teaching Service Commission like the Federal Civil Service Commission, the Judicial Service Commission and the Legislative Service Commission in order to accord teachers the right status they deserve at the federal level.”
Celebrating the unionisation of teachers of the Federal Government Colleges into the NUT, Olukoya said their denial of membership in the professional body they belong to was “illegal, undemocratic and at best, an aberration.”
He said NUT had been empowered to unionise teachers employed in educational institutions of all types, excluding universities, polytechnics, Colleges of Education and other tertiary institutions.
Chairman of the caretaker committee of federal unity schools, Mr. Alex Emeka Okonta, said teachers have a voice that should be listened to. He called on the authorities concerned to pay all outstanding allowances owed the teachers.