The Kaduna State Wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), has directed its members to proceed on an indefinite strike on Monday, Jan. 8, over the sack of 21,780 public primary school teachers in the state.
This is contained in a notice of strike dated Jan. 4, 2018, signed by the union’s Assistant Secretary General, Adamu Anglo, in Kaduna on Sunday.
The teachers were sacked for allegedly failing to score 75 per cent pass mark of the competency test organised by the state government in June 2017.
The notice, circulated to all the union executives in the 23 local government areas of the state, indicated that a two-week ultimatum had earlier been issued to the state government to reverse its decision.
According to the union, the decision has become necessary after the state government began issuing sack letters to the affected teachers after the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The NUT also said the government has failed pay the salaries to some teachers, while others are underpaid.
In another development,the Kogi Government on Sunday confirmed the compulsory retirement of eight permanent secretaries, some directors and dismissal of 1, 774 others from the state civil service.
The affected members of staff were served their letters last December.
The letters were signed by the state Head of Service, Mrs Deborah Ogunmola and the Chairman of the state Civil Service Commission, Mr Ado Shaibu.
A copy of the retirement letter addressed to one of the affected permanent secretaries indicates that the retirement is “in the interest of the public.”
Some of the affected permanent secretaries said that they were contemplating legal action.
However, Mrs Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello, defended the action, saying it is part of ongoing reforms in the civil service.
The chief press secretary also confirmed that 1,667 workers with fake certificates were dismissed from the state civil service. She said that those dismissed were uncovered during the screening carried out by the state government in 2016 and 2017.
Akinti-Onyegbule also said 107 other workers were dismissed for engaging in fraudulent activities.