- Nasiru el-Rufa’i of Kaduna state has insisted that protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will not change his government's position on dismissed teachers in the state
- The governor also denied employing the services of security agencies, particularly the police, to foil the protest march
- He said the state government is committed to paying all the entitlements of the affected staff
- Rufai also said that the government had set aside farm land for those interested in farming
Governor Nasiru el-Rufa’i of Kaduna state says Thursday’s protests embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna state against the dismissal of thousands of workers will not change government’s position on the matter.
El-Rufa’i stated this while responding to questions from State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock, Abuja, on Friday.
He dismissed the assertion that he employed the services of security agencies, particularly the police, to foil the protest march.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NLC led by its National Chairman, Mr Ayuba Wabara, on Thursday embarked on a protest march inspite of a heavy security presence.
The governor, however, said the concern of the police was because of the precarious situation in the country, particularly in Kaduna, which made it unsuitable to have such protest
“I think the concern of the police is because of the precarious situation in the country, particularly in Kaduna, made it unsuitable to have such protest.
“So this is the concern, the concern is break down of law and order and not protest or strike.
“They are free to do so but it will not change our position,’’ he said.
He reiterated the state government’s pledge to pay all the entitlements of the affected staff, saying that the government had set aside farm land for those interested in farming.
The governor said: “We have announced that in line with the public service rule, we will pay three months’ severance package and we have provided incentives for those that are retiring to go through the retirement training.
“Those that are interested in farming, we have the reserved land available and for those that want to go into trade, we have micro credit to support them.
“ But they are not suitable as teachers, they can do other things and the government will do other things to support them.’’
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Kaduna state parents on Friday, January 12, protested in support of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
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The parents stormed Kaduna streets to show support for the governor who has come under several attacks for sacking 22,000 teachers who failed competency test in the state.
The government came under attacks from groups like the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and political parties like Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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