By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz
The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has said the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents have so far killed 600 teachers and displaced about 19000 others in some parts of the North east in the last few years.
National President of the union, Mr Michael Olukoya, in a statement in Yola at the weekend said: “It is on record that over 600 teachers have lost their lives to the terror attacks.”
Giving the breakdown of the terror attacks on the teachers, Olukoya said 308 died in Borno, 75, in Adamawa, 18 in Yobe, 25 in Kaduna, 120 in Plateau, 63 in Kano and 2 in Gombe states.
“This is additional to 19,000 teachers that have been displaced and are suffering great losses due to the barbaric activities of the insurgents,” he disclosed.
Olukoya called on the federal and state governments to beef up security in public schools to prevent further attacks, saying, “The memory of Chibok girls and thousands of others whose potentials and lives have been truncated, remain traumatic and demoralising.”
Meanwhile, the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), has disclosed that the body has registered 1.8 Million teachers as professionally licensed and certified in the country.
Registrar and Chief Executive officer of the council, Professor Josiah Ajiboye, while speaking in Yola during the maiden zonal meeting of the council with its stakeholders in North eastern states, stressed the determination of the council to weed out quack teachers with a view to redeeming the glory of the teaching profession.
Ajiboye said all hands must be on deck to return the profession to its lost glory, noting that the volume of work needed in achieving the desired goal informed the zonal meeting with the critical stakeholders in the field so that their wealth of experience could be tapped.