The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has expressed concern at the sack of over 2,000 teachers in Kaduna state for failing competency test, while tasking Governor Nasir el-Rufai to organise training and retraining instead of sending them to the saturated job market.
In a statement signed by its gubernatorial candidate for Kaduna state, Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi on Tuesday, NNPP said the Kaduna state government should rather create jobs for the people of the state instead of sacking those that are already employed.
“The NNPP and its gubernatorial candidate, Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi note with utmost dismay the anti-people policy of Governor Ahmed Nasir El-Rufa’i APC led administration of continuous sacking of primary school teachers in the state under the façade of unending competency tests.
“The NNPP and its guber candidate reminds the El-Rufa’i led administration that government’s primary responsibility of creating jobs for its citizens, thereby improving their welfare. Since the inception of the APC administration, undue and unnecessary priority has been accorded to the malicious and inhumane purging of workers, particularly, those in the most important educational sector (primary school teachers) under the ruse of lack of competence.
“The NNPP views the recent sacking of 2,357 teachers with great concern. It is disgusting that if after seven years, the El-Rufa’i administration has not been able to produce competent teachers for the primary schools in the state, nothing can be more tragic.
“The NNPP reminds the El-Rufa’i led administration that all these sacked workers cannot be said to be completely unemployable. Further down the line, it is the administration’s responsibility to ensure the development of its workforce in the first instance.
“We, therefore, empathise with the sacked National President of NUT, Mr. Amba Audu, as well as all the other sacked teachers and civil servants. We implore them to continue to remain calm, while we assure them that this gross injustice shall be reviewed in due time,” Sen. Hunkuyi said.