Latest on 2,000 Sacked Kaduna Teachers: NUT Alleges “Govt Making Attempt to Frustrate Court Injunction”

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna 

Kaduna State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has raised alarm over a court injunction restraining Kaduna State government from dismissing or disengaging any teacher in the public schools of the state, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit, saying, there’s attempt by government to frustrate the Order of Interlocutory Injunctions to this effect.

But Governor of Kaduna State on a radio programme aired on the State media outfit (KSMC), Saturday, posited that the Court was wrong in granting the purported interlocutory order, on the grounds that the teachers, who failed the competency test, have already been disengaged.

The state chairman, Comrade Audu T. Amba, who disclosed this Wednesday at a press conference convened at the instance of the attempt, said Kaduna state government is making frantic and desperate efforts to frustrate the outcome of the suit in Court, by directing the Education Secretaries in all the local government areas to come over to SUBEB and collect backdated letters of disengagement from service for onward distribution to teachers in their local governments.

“Our attention have also been drawn to the fact that the Kaduna State government, despite the service of the order of interlocutory injunction on it, is now making frantic and desperate efforts to frustrate the outcome of the suit in Court by directing the Education Secretaries in all the local government areas to come over to SUBEB and collect backdated letters of disengagement from service for onward
distribution to teachers in their local governments.

“The purpose of this press conference is to draw the attention of all peace-loving Nigerians to this apparent show of shame,” the chairman said.

He said NUT had, from a reliable source two days ago, that state government is making arrangements to dish out backdated letters of sack to the affected teachers, adding that hitherto, no such letters was given or served on teachers.

“You are all now familiar with the state of affairs as it relates to the competency test conducted by the Kaduna State government for the teachers in the public primary schools of Kaduna State and the subsequent threats by the Kaduna State government to use the disputed outcome thereof to disengage 21,780 teachers from service.

“The above development culminated in the NUT, as a last resort, going to court as the last hope of the common man, and the bastion of our democracy, to seek redress vide suit No. NICN/KD/53/2017 now pending before the National Industrial
Court, Kaduna Division,” he said.

According to him, The Honourable Court in its wisdom upon contested facts on
the 14th day of December, 2017, granted an injunction restraining the Kaduna State government from dismissing/disengaging any teacher in the public schools of the Kaduna State, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

“The order of Court above, was duly served on the Governor of Kaduna State and the Attorney-General of Kaduna State.

However,  to our greatest surprise and disbelief, and contrary to the later and spirit of the principle of rule of law, which inter-alia entails the supremacy of the law and separation of power, the Governor of Kaduna State on a radio programme aired on the State media outfit (KSMC), posited that the Court was wrong in granting the interlocutory order, purportedly on the grounds that the teachers, who failed the competency test, have already been disengaged, a fact which was not before the Court, and whose factual basis does not exist, as up to now no teacher in Kaduna State has been served any letter of dismissal/disengagement from service.

“We were appalled/taken aback by the pronouncement of the Governor as aforesaid. Our believe is that the accepted norm in all civilized societies is for the Kaduna State government to appeal against the decision of the National Industrial Court instead of resorting to an unfounded criticism of same,” he maintained.

Amba therefore averred that the purpose of this press conference is to draw the attention of all peace-loving Nigerians to this apparent show of shame.

All efforts to clarify from media crew of the government failed as they don’t pick calls from non-government media practitioners as a point of deliberate policy of the current government.

 

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