PDP backs teachers’ strike, accuses El-Rufa’i of ineptitude

Kaduna, Jan. 10, 2018 (TNE) The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is in support of the current indefinite strike by public school teachers in Kaduna State.

The State Chairman of PDP, Mr Felix Hyat made the declaration in a statement signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Abraham Catoh, on Wednesday in Kaduna.

He faulted the state government on its threat to sack teachers who joined in the strike, stressing that strike is “a legal means for all civil servants to seek redress on the injustice presently meted out on them.”

The PDP chairman also faulted the provision of N1 billion in the state 2018 budget to construct new legislative quarters after selling the ones on ground by the government.

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“We condemn this act in its entirety, for it is another ploy to fleece the resources of the people of our state of their collective commonwealth.”

Hyat also accused the state government of undertaking “fictitious projects and consultancy contracts’’ with no bearing or direct impact on the masses.

On security, the state PDP chairman claimed that Nasiru El-Rufa’i has demonstrated “ineptitude and lack of capacity to curb the insecurity challenge bedevilling the state.”

According to the chairman, the PDP will “reinstate all unjustly sacked civil servants” if elected in 2019.

He advised the electorate to use their permanent voter card to vote out the APC government in the state in 2019.

Reacting to the statement, the State APC Director, Media and Publicity, Mr Manasseh Istifanus said the party will not exchange words with the PDP.

He, however, said the sack of teachers and other civil servants is part of ongoing reforms in the civil service.

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According to him, the state government will replace the more than 21,000 teachers sacked with 25,000 qualified ones that will add value to the education sector.

On the N1 billion budgeted for the building of legislative quarters by the government, Istifanus dismissed the claim as mere “concoction” by the PDP.

He stressed that the government had considered so many factors in arriving at the number of civil servants being disengaged, so as to rejuvenate and inject vibrancy in the state civil service.

(TNE)

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