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University Teachers On Strike In Nigeria - 2002-12-30

University teachers in Nigeria went on strike Monday and say they’ll remain off the job indefinitely. The teachers say they are protesting what they describe as official neglect of the higher education system.

They are demanding increased funding for education, following years of cutbacks. Other demands include an improved welfare package and the reinstatement of colleagues fired during a previous work stoppage. Political observers say the strike could cause more problems as Nigeria heads for general elections in early 2003.

English to Africa reporter Paul Okolo has the story from Lagos. Click on above links to listen to report.