- Governor El Rufai says northern state governors are hesitant to sack incompetent teachers for the fear of losing the next governorship election scheduled for 2019
- He says lot of educational reforms will be implemented in northern states after 2019 election
- Kaduna state government justifies sack of 22,000 teachers
Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state has said many northern governors will implement educational reform to sack incompetent teachers after the 2019 elections.
The Punch reports that the governor made the statement when speaking as a guest lecturer at the 4th distinguished guest lecture of the University of Medical Science, Ondo state.
He said northern state governors were hesitant to sack incompetent teachers for fear of losing the next governorship election scheduled for 2019.
He said: “We have different governors’ fora in the country. We also have the Northern Governors Forum where we share experiences. I can tell you that many of my colleagues from the northern states told me that what I was doing was right. They told me that they had more serious cases in their states, but they couldn’t do anything about the problems.
“So I think after the next election, you will see a lot of the reforms happening because many of the governors will decide to do the same thing. It is just that they are not as reckless as I am. We took a collective decision because it was the right thing to do. If you don’t do this, why not walk away from the governor’s seat?
“What is more important to me is education. Many of my colleagues have talked to me in private that they would do the same thing (sack teachers) after the election.”
NAIJ.com had reported that the Kaduna state government dismissed claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it disengaged more than 36,000 workers without commensurate employment for others.
Alhaji Saidu Adamu, counsellor on information and communication to Governor Nasiru El-Rufai dismissed the claim in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, January 12, in Kaduna.
According to him, the claims of the PDP was baseless as the state government has embarked on “massive employment ever seen in the history of the state since independence.’’
NAN reports that the PDP on Wednesday, January 10, in a statement accused the state government of insensitivity over the sack of about 22,000 teachers, 4,000 local government employees, 3000 state workers and traditional rulers.
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