Noah Ebije, Kaduna
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Kaduna State chapter, has called off the indefinite strike action embarked upon in all the state public schools.
The strike had lasted for almost two weeks.
NUT Chairman in the state, Comrade Audu T. Amba disclosed this, on Thursday, shortly after an emergency meeting of the State Wing Executive Council (SWEC), held at the Teachers End Well Hotel, in Kaduna.
Recall that the NUT state wing had declared an indefinite strike action to register its displeasure over the sack letters to teachers in public primary schools in the state who were said to have failed the Competency Test or did not score up to 75 per cent in the said competency test conducted by the Kaduna State Government.
Meanwhile, the state chairman has also said that the NUT was committed to support the state government in her quest towards ensuring qualitative education in the state.
In a statement jointly signed by state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ango Adamu and the NUT chairman, the teachers union said, “The state wing of the NUT, Kaduna State met today (Thursday) 18th January, 2018 to review the situation in the light of the pronouncement of the Kaduna State Government which was broadcast on the state radio outfit.
“The broadcast which is to the effect that the state government after a meeting with the interim chairman and Education Secretaries of the 23 local government has decided to give the 21,780 teachers who did not pass the recent competency test another opportunity for consideration under the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) program of continuous recruitment that will give every willing teacher a chance to apply.
“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 action embarked upon by teachers in the public schools and secondary schools in Kaduna state.
“SWEC hereby extends its hands 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”.
The teachers union also commended its members for remaining united and resolute in the struggle, and the leadership of the Labour movement in Nigeria and general public who identified with them during the struggle.