I Did Not Send Police To Stop Teachers’ Protest – El-Rufai
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai has denied the allegation that he directed the police to disperse protesting teachers.
He said he was not in Kaduna on the day the teachers were protesting and never instructed the police to stop the protest.
The Nigeria Union of Teachers staged a protest on Thursday over the sack of about 21, 000 teachers who failed the competency test by the state government.
El-Rufai said that protest is allowed by the constitution in as much as the protesters do not take the law into their hands and vandalise public property.
However, the governor insisted that the government would not rescind its decision on the sack of the teachers, adding that their severance package had already been prepared.
“We have announced that in line with the public service rule, we will pay three-month severance pay and we have provided incentives for those that are retiring to go through the retirement training.
He said that government would not engage those who were not competent as teachers to enter classrooms but would be ready to provide incentives for them to do other jobs, including farming.
“And for those who want to trade, we have loans to assist them but we will not go back on our decision to sack incompetent teachers,” he said.