Terhemen Abua with additional reports from Punch.
Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Kaduna State Wing, has directed its members to down tools with effect from Monday, January 8, 2018 over the sack of 21, 780 public primary school teachers in the state.
A notice to that effect dated January 4, 2018, and signed by the union’s Assistant Secretary General, Adamu Anglo, stated that the teachers were sacked for allegedly failing to score 75 percent pass mark of the competency test conducted by the state government in June 2017.
The decision became necessary after the state government began issuing sack letters to the affected teachers after the Christmas and New Year holidays, adding that a two-week ultimatum was earlier issued to the state government to reverse its decision.
The notice read in parts, “As a responsible union, we ventilated our grievances before the National Industrial Court, Kaduna, and the court on December 4, 2017, granted an interlocutory injunction, restraining the state government from disengaging any teacher pending the determination of the case.
“The court order was served to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, but surprisingly, he went on to order the distribution of letters of disengagement to the affected teachers, dated November 3, 2017.
“We, therefore, met on January 4, 2018 and unanimously resolved to embark on indefinite strike action on Monday 8″, the notice added.