Nigerian Fuel Subsidy Protests last January Primary and secondary teachers in all provinces of Nigeria are threatening to take strike action The Nigerian National Union of Teachers (NUT) is threatening action over the failure of many states to pay the so-called professional allowance, which should represent 27.5% more than the minimum wage in the teacher's state. The minimum wage is typically little more than $100 a month. As in many countries in the Global South, teachers in Nigeria are some of the worst paid government employees and this small professional alllowance was meant to motivate people to become teachers - yet even this is being refused by some state governments. MIchael Olukoyam, NUT President told African Spotlight: "teachers should earn 27.5 per cent allowance higher in whatever salary they pay as minimum wage in every state as a way to motivate and bring them close, because we observed brain drain within the system and people are shunning public primary and secondary schools.” There have been a series of teacher strikes in Nigeria in 2011, often caused by a failure to pay teachers at all. Early this year, teachers took part with the rest of the labour movement in a general strike against the removal of the fuel subsidy under conditions where multi-national oil companies are making billions of dollars of profit from the Nigerian oilfields. Meanwhile class sizes can be as big as 150 and many schools are functioning in dilapidated or even non-existent buildings. Against this background there is a growth of sub-standard private schools. Once again, teachers in Nigeria look set to have to resort to strike action in order to try to secure a wage which will allow them to survive.