21,000 Teachers Sack: Kaduna Workers Shut Down Streets In Protest

Workers in Kaduna State have staged a protest in the state capital, against alleged disengagement of over 21,000 teachers by the state government.

The workers led by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), President, Ayuba Wabba are demanding that the government should rescind its decision or have the entire labour force to contend with.

Despite ban on street protest, the workers were seen in great numbers carrying placards with various inscriptions on major roads in the metropolis, causing traffic gridlock.

The workers also marched to the Kaduna State House of Assembly complex to lodge their complain to the lawmakers.

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At state NLC secretariat located along Independence way in the state capital, the workers demand that the Kaduna State government should not sack the teachers for failing to pass the competency test administered on them sometime in June this year.

They argued that government has no constitutional powers to organise such examination for teachers, saying only the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria has the mandate to do so.

The workers have therefore given the state government two weeks to cancel the planned dismissal of teachers, or they will embark on an indefinite strike.

Addressing the workers, Mr Waba assures them that the leadership of the NLC will support them and ensure that they get what they deserved from the state government.

NLC president, Ayubba Wabba addressing the workers.

Kaduna Workers Defy NLC Strike Over Fuel Price Hike

Kaduna Workers, NLC Strike, Fuel PriceCivil servants in Kaduna State on Wednesday defied the order of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to stay at home in protest against the fuel price hike announced by the federal government.

The labour unions had issued a directive asking workers in both public and private sectors to shun their offices starting from Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in solidarity to the planned nationwide strike by the organized labour.

But rather than adhering to the directive, the workers resumed for duties in their various offices.

At the state secretariat complex along Independence Way, workers were seen in their offices as early as 7:30 in the morning.

Also, banks, schools, markets and other private establishments in the state capital opened  for normal business.

Those who spoke to our correspondent said that the strike is uncalled for. They called on the leadership of the NLC and TUC to amicably resolve all pending issues with Federal Government without embarking on a strike.

At the NLC state secretariat at Lafia road, only a handful of members were seen within the premises in their uniforms. The state chairman, Adamu Ango, was not available for comment, and none of the available was willing to speak to us.

Kaduna Govt. To Settle Three Months Workers’ Salary

KadunaThe Kaduna State government says it has concluded plans to settle the three months outstanding salaries being owed to about 2,742 civil servants in a few days’ time.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Abdul Kwari, announced this to newsmen on Tuesday.

The Commissioner explained that the move to settle the salary arrears followed the delay and other hitches encountered in the ongoing verification of civil servants by the Kaduna State Government, a situation he attributed to bank protocols that has made it difficult for the affected workers to receive their salaries.

The Commissioner stated that the 2,742 civil servants that will receive their three months’ salary arrears are those that have been cleared by the office of the Head of Service having undergone the verification exercise.

He gave the assurance that the delay in the payment of workers’ salaries in the state would be a thing of the past as soon as the verification exercise is completed.