Pro-el-Rufa’i protesters staged a rally on Friday, a day after the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) stormed Kaduna and led a protest over the dismissal of over 20,000 teachers.
The pro-el-Rufa’i group accused the NLC of deliberately sabotaging the genuine commitment of the State Government to transform the educational sector for their selfish interests.
The protesters, holding placards with different inscriptions and chanting slogans in support of the Governor’s educational reforms, marched from Murtala Square to Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House. They insist that the Government’s decision is meant to protect the future of the children.
Receiving the protesters on behalf of Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i, State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Jafaru Sani, called on the people of Kaduna to stick with the truth as Government is repositioning the educational system for the good of all.
Sani, who said Government will not return the unqualified teachers to classrooms, warned qualified teachers to sign attendance registers to avoid civil service disciplinary action.
He contended that the reform in the education sector by the Governor is intended to ensure that the public lost glory is not only restored but the sons and daughters of prominent politicians and top government officials attend these schools in the shortest possible time.
One of the protesters, Ibrahim Aliyu, who addressed government officials, warned Governor el-Rufai to resist pressure from labour leaders who may want to jeopardize the future of over two million Kaduna pupils for union dues.
According to him: “We are here as parents to register our full support to Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai’s ongoing educational reforms.
“We thank God for the Governor’s bold steps to reposition education in the State. We are telling the Governor not to bow to pressure, that if he returns the unqualified teachers to classrooms, we will withdraw our children in public schools because we can’t kill their future.
“As parents, we are calling on the people of Kaduna State to support the Governor’s educational reforms for the interest of the State. Our Governor cannot just sack teachers like that, those who failed the primary four examination must not come back as the process for the recruitment of qualified teachers has already commenced.”