Kaduna State NUT bows to pressure, ends strike

Bayelsa will retrain teachers, not sack them, says Dickson
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Kaduna Wing yesterday called off the indefinite strike it embarked upon 10 days ago.

Its Chairman, Comrade Audu T. Amba disclosed this after an emergency meeting of the State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) at the Teachers End Well Hotel in Kaduna.

The strike followed the sack of teachers in public primary schools of Kaduna State who were said to have failed the competency test or did not score up to 75 per cent in the test conducted by the state government.

Amba said the NUT was, however, committed to supporting the state government in its quest towards ensuring qualitative education in the state.

A statement jointly signed by Amba and the Assistant Secretary General, Comrade Adamu Ango, who doubles as the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the union argued that the Kaduna wing of the NUT met yesterday to review the situation in the light of the pronouncement of the Kaduna State government, which was broadcast on the KSMC.

Meanwhile, Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has dismissed rumours that the state government was on the verge of sacking teachers in the state, saying the state will not sack but would rather re-train as from January this year.

Dickson, who emphasised his administration’s efforts to prioritise teachers’ welfare at the monthly transparency briefing last week, said the government would train and retrain the teachers for greater productivity.

A statement by the Special Adviser on Media Relations, Fidelis Soriwei, yesterday stated that the governor gave the assurance during the inauguration of the Governing Councils of Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama, and the Bayelsa State College of Health Technology, Otuogidi, at Government House Yenagoa.

He, however, said only teachers with fake certificates or those who refuse to be at their duty posts to work have reason to be afraid of sack.

He enjoined the chairmen and members of the new governing boards to ensure that only people who should be in the institutions are engaged.

Dickson stressed that the previous practice in the state where unborn children, octogenarians and retirees were dubiously included in the payroll should not be tolerated.

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