Labour blasts President Buhari for endorsing El-Rufai’s plan to sack 22,000 teachers

Labour blasts President Buhari for endorsing El-Rufai’s plan to sack 22,000 teachers

- The Nigeria Labour Congress has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his endorsement of Kaduna state government's plan to sack school teachers

- The group described the endorsement of the mass sack as most unfortunate

- Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state had sacked 22,000 teachers in the state over failure of competency test

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari for backing the Kaduna state government's plan to sack 22,000 school teachers, Daily Post reports.

Buhari speaking at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), admitted it was no longer a secret that the education sector needed a revamp.

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NAIJ.com gathered that chairman of Joint Research and Allied Institutions Sector Unions, (JORAISU) and General Secretary of NASU, Comrade Peters Adeyemi briefing newsmen on behalf of the affected unions, said that the endorsement of the mass sack by government that pledged to create jobs was most unfortunate.

The group said: “We condemn the President’s endorsement of the mass sack. How can a President that promised to create jobs turn around to kill jobs? We have stated this we will not accept these sacks because it did not follow due process.”

“The state government claimed that the teachers were not qualified, who employed the teachers in the first place? We doubt the veracity of the examination because government can set the examination for the teachers to fail to justify the mass sack action.”

“This has been our plight on the issues in dispute with Government and currently all the workers in the Research and Allied Institutions are eager to resume the suspended strike action at expiration of the ultimatum on Tuesday, 14th November, 2017 since Government up till this time has not responded positively to our demand to pay the 12 months salary arrears on Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Structure (CONRAISS) and implement other issues as agreed upon in the interim report of the Presidential Committee.”

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According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for endorsing the laying off of about 22,000 teachers in Kaduna state.

New Telegraph report that the general secretary of the NUT, Dr. Mike Eneh, said on Monday, November 13, in Abuja that rather than layoff teachers under the guise of having failed a competency test, a retraining programme ought to have been organized to boost the quality and efficiency of the teachers in the state.

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Source: Naija.ng

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