Teachers’ sack: Pro-government protesters ground Kaduna, storm Government House

Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress protesting over the sack of some civil servants in Kaduna.

Thousands of protesters yesterday took to the streets of Kaduna metropolis in support of the state government’s sack of workers and teachers who failed competency test recently.

Unlike Thursday, where hoodlums attempted to disrupt the protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), there was no intrusion of the rally organised by pro-government protesters, as security personnel looked on as the protest progressed.

The protest commenced at Murtala Mohammed Square, through Independence Way, Muhammadu Buhari Way, Ali Akilu Road and Sokoto Road, chanted solidarity songs, with placards carrying various inscriptions in support of the government quest to provide qualitative education in the state.

The protest came 24 hours after leaders of the labour unions and the Nigeria Union of Teachers joined others in the state to protest the sack of 21,000 teachers that failed the test organised by the government.

During yesterday’s she groups accused the NLC of deliberately sabotaging the genuine commitment of the state government to transform the educational sector for their selfish interests, insisting that government’s decision was meant to protect the future of the children.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday, reiterated his stance to sack the teachers in spite of the protest, saying he would not rescind the decision under whatever guise.

He told newsmen in Abuja that he would not succumb to intimidation in his quest to ensure qualitative education for children in the state, not minding what it would cost him.

“No amount of protests will make the government change its position. This is a problem that we confronted within months of coming into office and we took extraordinary measures to steady the situation.

“We knew they would be a resistance, but for us, education is one of the foundational components of building a modern society.

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Nasir El-RufaiNLCTUC


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