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Friday, October 8, 1999 Published at 19:41 GMT 20:41 UK

World: Africa

Nigerian teachers strike over pay

Reports from Nigeria say that primary school teachers across the country have begun an indefinite strike.

The teachers want the government to implement a pay rise that was promised by the former military ruler, Abdulsalaam Abubakar, withdrawn by him and then endorsed by President Obasanjo.

The strike comes just ten days after President Obasanjo announced an extension of national education, making it compulsory for nine years.

But he did not announce any new funding for schools or teachers.

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