Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for backing the decision of Kaduna State government to sack 21,850 public school teachers who failed competency test.
The organised labour is threatening a nationwide strike if Kaduna State government goes ahead with the planned sack of the teachers.
The congress deputy president, Peters Adeyemi, said it is wrong for Buhari as father of the nation, to have listened only to Governor Nasir el-Rufai.
Buhari, according to NLC deputy president, ought to have listened to the organized Labour which is opposing the modality adopted by the Kaduna state government.
To Adeyemi, Kaduna State government despite of being the employers of the sacked teachers has no right to conduct the competency test, adding that NLC will seek an audience with buhari to state its own side of the story.
He said, “We condemn the President’s endorsement of the mass sack. How can a President that promised to create jobs turn around to kill jobs? We have stated this we will not accept these sacks because it did not follow due process.”
“The state government claimed that the teachers were not qualified, who employed the teachers in the first place? We doubt the veracity of the examination because government can set the examination for the teachers to fail to justify the mass sack action.”
“This has been our plight on the issues in dispute with Government and currently all the workers in the Research and Allied Institutions are eager to resume the suspended strike action at expiration of the ultimatum on Tuesday, 14th November, 2017 since Government up till this time has not responded positively to our demand to pay the 12 months salary arrears on Consolidated Research and Allied Institutions Salary Structure (CONRAISS) and implement other issues as agreed upon in the interim report of the Presidential Committee.”
Kaduna state government is already recruiting 25,000 primary school teachers to replace the 21,85o teachers who failed primary four pupils test.