Teachers in the Ogun Province of Nigeria are on strike for a living wage. The government has failed to pay them a 27.5% increase which was agreed in 2008 - it was paid for two years and then stopped. Moreover the two unions: the National Union of Teachers and the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools are demanding the reinstatement of 34 teachers who were compulsorily 'retired' in 2013, as well as the payment of other allowances agreed but never honoured by the state government. The situation has been exacerbated by the failure of the state governor to turn up to a scheduled meeting with teachers unions on Saturday.

This is the latest campaign in a long struggle throughout Nigeria to see teachers paid properly and for education funding and rights. Nigeria has the highest number of out of school children in the world, despite being one of the world's fastest growing economies. Interestingly the World Bank has given Ogun State a glowing report for its improvements in the ease of 'doing business' - for which read the ease with which western companies can set up shop and ignore matters such as workers' rights. Corporations are making mega profits from Nigeria, not least oil companies in the South of the country who are laying waste to the environment and destroying local communities, even as they suck profits from the ground. Meanwhile in the North, communities are left to suffer the terror of raids by Boko Haram, which has killed over 70 teachers and hundreds of children in attacks on schools. In Ogun state itself the school infrastructure is often in a pitiful state. The secondary school in the picture above has no walls and schooling has to cease when it rains. It is against this background that teachers are attempting to do their work and at the same time struggle for a living wage.