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Nigeria: Obey Extant Laws, Union Urges NUT

Abuja — The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has cautioned the National Union of Teachers (NUT) against moves to force the Education Officers of Unity Schools to join the NUT.

The National President of ASCSN, Mr. Bobboi Bala Kaigama, during a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Labour and Productivity in Abuja, recently, clarified that the officers of the Unity Schools are Federal Civil Servants.

Kaigama, who led the newly elected officers of the union's National Executive Council, urged the Labour Ministry to direct the NUT to stick to its members and leave the unity schools officers alone.

"Any attempt by the NUT to bulldoze its way into the Unity Schools through the back door will be resisted with every resource at our disposal and that is why the NUT should be called to order in the overall interest of the educational system of the country," he said.

Kaigama noted that although the ministry has the statutory duty to register trade unions, this power should be exercised with great caution and within the ambit of the law.

The Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu, in his response, announced the ministry through its Department of Trade Union Services would begin a quarterly meeting with the Union. He gave the assurance that the Ministry would note the issues on the NUT, especially as the matter with the Unity Schools is in Court.

"We would not condone moves by certain people to become leaders through the back door. Registration is guided strictly by the decision of the industrial courts," Wogu said.

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