Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i of Kaduna State says protests embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna State on Thursday against the dismissal of thousands of workers will not make the State Government rescind its decision to sack 21,780 teachers.
Speaking on a Channels TV programme on Thursday night, the Governor said there is no going back on the sack.
“We have already taken second, third and fourth looks at this situation. We have studied what previous governments have tried to do and there is no going back.
“I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that we are not going to reverse our decision; these teachers are gone, we are going to employ new teachers.
“The process of testing and interviewing the 25,000 teachers we are hiring to replace the 21,780 that we have fired is on and we are going to go ahead with it,” he said.
The Governor added that the State decided to take the step because “it is the children of poor that go to public schools.” and so, “we are committed to ensuring that they get decent public education as I got it when I was growing up in Daudawa in Katsina State.
“I went to a public school and I got decent education. I was orphaned at the age of eight but I got free, basic education and that is why I am where I am.”
“I intend, at whatever price, at whatever cost to bequeath that to children of ordinary people in Kaduna state. There is no going back,” he added.
Also, while responding to questions from State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock, Abuja, on Friday, el-Rufa’i reiterated the State Government’s pledge to pay all the entitlements of the affected staff, saying that the Government had set aside farm land for those interested in farming.
The Governor said: “We have announced that in line with the public service rule, we will pay three months’ severance package and we have provided incentives for those that are retiring to go through the retirement training.
“Those that are interested in farming, we have the reserved land available and for those that want to go into trade, we have micro credit to support them.
“But they are not suitable as teachers, they can do other things and the Government will do other things to support them.’’