Workers in Kaduna state today staged a protest over the planned sack of 21, 000 teachers by the state government. Recall that the governor Nasir El-Rufai-led government conducted a competency test of school teachers in the state last month and as much as 21, 000 of them failed the primary-four questions set in the competency test.
The protesting workers led by the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, stormed the state Assembly in Zaria, the state capital where they destroyed cars and sliding doors. The workers are demanding that the government should rescind its decision or have the entire labor force to contend with. They argue that the state government has no constitutional powers to organize such examination for teachers, saying only the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria has the mandate to do so.
The workers have therefore given the state government two weeks to cancel the planned dismissal of teachers, or they will embark on an indefinite strike.