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Kaduna NUT threatens strike over sack of 2,357

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has rejected the sacking of 2,357 of its members by the Kaduna State Government.

The Union has, therefore, threatened to embark on a national wide strike should the Kaduna system government refuse to reverse its decision

Teachers in Kaduna State, including its national president, Comrade Audu Titus Amba were sacked by the Kaduna state government for failing a purported competency test.

Addressing the media in Abuja on Wednesday, the deputy president of NUT, Dr Kelvin Nwankwo said its president, Amba did not fail the test as announced by the state government and therefore remains its national president.

The Union also said the action of the Governor, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai was clearly to intimidate the NUT President and embarrass the Teachers in Nigeria while accusing the governor of using the tactics not to pay owed salaries.

The NEC urged the Kaduna State government to rather embark on a continuous Teacher Training Programme, which would at the end of the day improve knowledge and service delivery by Teachers in the Public Schools of Kaduna State as obtains in other professions such as Nursing, Medicine and Law.

The NUT scribe added that the manifest intention of the Kaduna State Government is to prey on the rather unfortunate existing non-employment status of our teeming school leavers by recruiting them as teachers only to subsequently subject them to the raw deal it subjected the purported 20,000 teachers, thereby achieving its aim of casualization of the teaching profession in Kaduna State. 

The Union also said the case of its dear President, Amba clearly establishes the fact that the whole concept of competency test in Kaduna State is arbitrary and lacking in certainty.

“He was not dismissed then for failure to write the competency test.  The question that readily agitates the mind in the circumstance is, what has changed in 2021/2022?

“It is also rather very sad and curious that the dismissal letter relative to the NUT President was in the Public domain via the social media even when it has not been served on him. 

“The intention clearly is to intimidate the NUT President and embarrass the Teachers in Nigeria.  This like other anti labour and people policies of the Kaduna State Government has failed on arrival. We got news for His Excellency Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai and his co-travelers to wit:- power is transient,” the union stated.

NUT therefore,  reaffirmed its commitment to stand with its revered President Comrade Audu Titus Amba and all the teachers in Kaduna State, who have fallen victim of the anti-labour policies in Kaduna State and which policies have defied all logic and lacking in milk of human kindness.