Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Bauchi Teachers Vow to Boycott WAEC, JAMB, Others Over Pay Dispute

Bauchi — The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, ASUSS, in Bauchi State has said that it would boycott this year's West African Examinations as well as NECO, NABTEB and JAMB examinations in the state, following the refusal of the state government to address the lingering dispute of non-payment of allowances to its members.

Lingering strike

Members of ASUSS in the state had embarked on indefinite strike following the suspension of their allowances and other entitlements by the governemt.

Last week, the government sued the teachers over the strike action after denouncing their association as illegal trade union.

However, the teachers, yesterday, vowed to continue with their strike even as they demanded the sacking of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Justice Al-Mustapha Suleiman over the matter.

Sacking of striking workers

Addressing a press conference in Bauchi, the Chairman of the union, Mr. Abduallahi Muhammadi, said that although the government sued the union over the strike and the matter was adjourned till March 6, this year for hearing, the plaintiffs in the matter went ahead to announce the termination of their appointments.

He said: "Wednesday, March 6, was fixed for the hearing of the motion on jurisdiction of the court on the matter, but to the union's greatest surprise, the state government went ahead to announce the termination of appointment of any striking teacher in the state."

Call for AG's resignation

Tanko maintained that the call for the immediate resignation of the Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of the state was "connected to his" alleged breach of his Oath of Office by wrongly advising the government to terminate the appointment of the striking teachers, contrary to the rule of law.

The Chairman then urged teachers to remain focused, resolute by continuing with the strike until further official directive from the union, even as he advised the state governor, Isa Yuguda not to allow himself to be misled by sycophants as the ASUSS was not ready to negotiate with anybody unless the government rescinds its anti-people policies in the state.

"The union is therefore warning pupils, parents and guardians to diregard any invitation by government to send their children to school in the midst of the existing crisis as there won't be anybody to guarantee proper learning of their children in the schools," he added.

The union also called on the government among other demands,to immediately re-instate the eight teachers who were served with termination letters last year.

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