Kaduna Teachers Call Off Indefinite Strike
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kaduna State of has called off its indefinite strike.
NUT Chairman in the state, Mr Titus Amba, announced this on Thursday in Kaduna State, barely two weeks after the industrial action began.
The announcement was contained in a statement jointly signed Mr Ambah and the assistant secretary of the union, Adamu Ango, following an emergency meeting of the State Executive Council (SWEC) held in the state capital.
The 10-day strike began on Monday, January 8, in protest of the sack of 21,780 teachers in the public primary schools by the state government for failing a controversial competency test in June 2017.
NUT, however, said the strike was called off after the government offered the sacked teachers another opportunity for consideration under the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) programme of continuous recruitment.
The union leadership further pledged to support the state government effort towards ensuring qualitative education in the state.
They also commended the teachers for remaining united and resolute in the struggle, as well as the leadership of the labour movement and those who identified with them during their struggle.
Part of the statement read; “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 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”.