The Nigerian Labor Congress, NLC, has expressed shock at the Kwara state government’s decision to retire 2,414 teachers employed by the immediate past administration.
In a statement yesterday from its president, Issa Ore, the union said that the decision to fire that large number of workers was too harsh for the affected people, their families and dependents.
He said that the situation would make life unbearable for them and their families; even more so that his coat had already created a vacuum in the classrooms, which was not good for the development of education either.
“We want to further emphasize that the decision that the government will have to re-involve new hands with little experience in the field, can have a major setback for students.
“We ask His Excellency and the Government of Kwara to annul the decision on this issue, so that these teachers can be reinstated to continue their work,” he said.
The union argued that by rescinding its decision, the government would reduce the unemployment rate in the state, while recommending it for the immediate payment of seven months of back wages to 594 of the fired teachers, whose rights have been withheld since June.
The state government had announced last week the dismissal of teachers, under the service of the State Board of Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), labeled as ‘dying workers’, for allegedly not being qualified as teachers, a claim that was disputed by Organized Labor.
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