Teachers striking in Lagos last September Parents have come to the support of teachers in Nigeria who are threatening strike action over the failure to pay them the minimum wage The Nigerian National Union of Teachers (NUT)  are threatening strike action over the government's failure to pay them the minimum wage of $114 a month. A representative of the National Parent Teachers Association told Nigeria News: "Their demand is justified. It is not too much to ask for someone who is defining your future, and that is what teachers do. Teachers deserve more than that and these states have the money. So, they should pay. Teachers are trying their best. But how can they give their best when they are not rewarded and encouraged? We should remember they also have families to cater for, and without adequate earnings they can't do that and concentrate on their profession. Teachers must be well paid. But if they are not and they decide to down tools, they have our support." This is just the latest round in the struggle for a living wage for teachers in Nigeria. This website has reported on five strikes over this and related issues in Nigeria last year alone. Nigeria is the fifth largest exporter of oil and the eleventh largest exporter of natural gas in the world. As well as these high value assets it has other minerals and a rich variety of agricultural produce. Multinational coporations  such as Shell and Chevron are making billions of dollars from the Nigerian oil and gas industries as a result of privatisation policies forced on the country by World Bank Structural Adjustment Programmes. Yet 70% of Nigeria’s people live below the poverty line, almost one in ten children die in infancy and the average life expectancy is only 47.24 years. In education 38% of children do not attend primary school and 65% do not have any secondary education. 10% of the children in the world who are not in school live in Nigeria.