Teachers in Kaduna State have called off the strike they commenced ten days ago. They had embarked on the indefinite industrial action under the state branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) during which all the state public schools didn’t have teachers report to classrooms.
The Kaduna State NUT Chairman Comrade Audu T. Amba disclosed this on Thursday shortly after an emergency meeting of the State Wing Executive Council (SWEC) which held at the Teachers End Well Hotel in Kaduna.
EduCeleb.com recalls that the NUT had declared an indefinite strike action to protest the planned sack of about 22,000 primary school teachers in Kaduna State who were said to have scored not up to 75% in the said competency test conducted by the Kaduna State government.
Audu also stated NUT’s commitment to support the State Government in her quest towards ensuring qualitative education in the state.
In the text of a press release jointly signed by him and the NUT Assistant Secretary General and State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ango Adamu, the union declared 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 the 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 government s 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 maintaining unity and committing to the struggle. It also praised the leadership of the Labour movement in Nigeria and members of general public who identified with them while the struggle lasted.