By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Thursday called off its indefinite strike action over mass teachers’ sack in the state, as Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led government shifts grounds.
Chairman of NUT, Comrade Audu T. Amba, who announced this shortly after an emergency meeting of the State Wing of Executive Council (SWEC) held at the Teachers End Well Hotel, in Kaduna, said the decision to call off the strike was based on government’s pronouncement to review its stand on the sack of teachers.
It would recalled that NUT state wing declared an indefinite strike action to register its displeasure over the issuance of sack letters given to teachers in the public primary schools of Kaduna State, who were said to have failed the competency test or did not score up to 75% in the said test conducted by the Kaduna State government.
Kaduna had, on eve of the proposed strike, threatened that it will dismiss any teacher absent from classroom for a day.
However, declaring the strike off, the NUT state chairman said the Union is not against state government’s quest towards ensuring qualitative education in the state.
In the text of a press release, jointly signed by chairman and the NUT Assistant Secretary-General, Comrade Adamu Ango, who doubles as the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), stated that the teachers’ union posited that “the state wing of the NUT, Kaduna state, met today, 18th January, 2018, to review the situation in the light of the pronouncement of the Kaduna state government, which was broadcast on the state media outfit in KSMC.
“The broadcast, which is to the effect that the State government after a meeting with the interim chairman and Education Secretaries of the 23 local governments has decided to give the 21,780 teachers, who did not pass the recent competency test, another opportunity for consideration under the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) program of continuous recruitment that will give every willing teacher a chance to apply.
“The State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) of NUT Kaduna commends the above decision of the governor and sees in it an opportunity to resolve the impasse between the teachers in Kaduna state and the state government, the end results of which will be an improvement in service delivery in our public schools.
“In the light of the above, SWEC unanimously resolved to reciprocate the gesture of the Kaduna State Government by calling off, with immediate effect, the indefinite strike action embarked upon by teachers in the public schools and secondary schools in Kaduna state.
“SWEC hereby extends its hand of fellowship to the Kaduna State government and implore it to always engage the NUT in all matters relating to the implementation of service delivery in the Education sector and teachers’ welfare.”
The teachers leadership also commended her members for remaining united and resolute in the struggle, and the leadership of the Labour movement in Nigeria and the general public, who identified with them during their principled struggle.