NLC calls for reinstatement of 2,414 teachers sacked in Kwara

NLC calls for reinstatement of 2,414 teachers sacked in Kwara

The Kwara branch of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed shock over the decision of the state government to disengage 2,414 teachers employed by the immediate past administration.

In a statement on Wednesday, December 30 signed by the NLC State Chairman, Alhaji Issa Ore; the union said that the decision to sack that large number of workers was too harsh on the affected people; as well as their families and dependents.

It added the situation would make life unbearable for them and their families; more so that their sack had already created a vacuum in the classrooms; noting that the development is also not good for the development of education.

“We wish to stress further that a decision that the government will have to re-engage new hands with shallow field experience, may have a big setback on the students.

“We are pleading with His Excellency and the Government of Kwara to please rescind their decision on this issue; so that these teachers can be re-absorbed to continue with their jobs,” it said.

The NLC argued that by rescinding its decision, the government would reduce the rate of unemployment in the state; while commending it further for the immediate payment of seven months salary arrears to 594 of the sacked teachers; whose entitlements were withheld since June.

1st News gathered that the state government announced the retrenchment of the teachers; under the service of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), tagged ‘sunset workers’, for allegedly being unqualified as teachers; a claim that was disputed by Organised Labour.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi of sponsoring killings, cult activities, and intimidation in the state, and called on Nigerians to hold the governor responsible.

This was contained in a statement issued by the acting National Vice Chairman of the PDP in the South-East Zone, Chief Ali Odefa, stated this during the PDP Edda Day, which held at Echara village, Ekiti Edda community, in the Afikpo South Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday, December 29.

Odefa also noted that Umahi’s sudden threat of a clampdown on cultists and their sponsors in the state was to divert public attention from his planned witch-hunt of perceived political opponents.

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He said: “It’s a lie; what the state government under Umahi is brandishing that money was missing in the department I superintended before. No money was missing. Umahi is the mother of all lies and he could get to any length to get people to believe him.”

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