Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Kaduna chapter, comrade Adamu Ango, has described Friday protesters who took to the streets of Kaduna metropolis to protest in support of the state government’s decision to sack teachers as sponsored thugs.
The pro-government protest came barely 24 hours after leaders of the labour unions and the Nigeria Union of Teachers joined others in Kaduna state to protest the sack of the teachers who failed a competency test organized by the government.
The group accused the Nigeria Labour Congress of deliberately sabotaging the genuine commitment of the state government to transform the educational sector for their selfish interests, insisting that the government’s decision was meant to protect the future of the children.
Also, the National Association of Polytechnic students, NAPS, said it supports the Kaduna State government over the sack of incompetent primary school teachers in the state.
The association in a press statement signed by its President, Mohammed Eneji, said the decision by the state governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai to dismiss the teachers was timely and appropriate, as he identified poor primary education as one of the reasons for producing half baked graduates in the country.
But Ango who doubled as Assistant Secretary General of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Kaduna State Wing, said the pro-government protesters were oblivious and insensitive to the plight of the people thrown into hardship.
As stated by him, tax payers money should not be used on something that is not beneficial or important, “What they spent on bringing this thugs should have been used to better the life of people in Kaduna state.
“We are not politicians, what we deed as a labour union was with our members. But if I may ask, the people who came protesting for government have no platform.
“This are government sponsored thugs who trooped out to talk on behalf of government, because they are not talking on behalf of the people. We are workers, we are registered and are fighting for our right, we are not under any politician,” Ango stated.