Teachers'sack: NLC shuns El -Rufai, Police, shuts down Kaduna with protests *Journalist's car rams into cordon area

By Editor on 11/01/2018

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Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), on Thursday, went ahead with their protest in Kaduna despite warnings and tightened security by the Police.

The protesters were seen marching through the major roads in the state capital and insisted on proceeding to the Government House, where they intend to submit their protest letter to the governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

The National President of the NLC, Ayuba Philibus Wabba, said: the Police cannot deter us. People's  determined can never be defeated and therefore, we are determined, we will make our point.

“We will submit our letter of protest, and if they like they should act but I think it is a welcome development because workers have seen that despite our olive hand of fellowship, to try to see how those issues are resolved on the table, we have seen that with impunity, the decision of the National Industrial Court is being set aside, with impunity, people are not allowed to exercise their freedom of association and this is not what we bargained for.”

This comes despite resistance by Policemen and other security operatives who mounted surveillance at major roads and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Secretariat in the state capital to prevent the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), from going ahead with the protest.

Policemen were also drafted along the Kaduna-Abuja highway to prevent NLC members from other states and the FCT from entering into Kaduna state for the anti-government protest.

Meanwhile, a journalist working with the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, in Kaduna on Thursday rammed into a group of security operatives deployed to curtail the ongoing protest by organised labour in Kaduna, injuring one police officer.

The journalist, Hajia Ummul Kairi, who was driving a Peugeot 307 lost control and ran into security officers who included soldiers and policemen, damaging a police car in the process.

The workers are protesting the proposed sack of over 21, 000 teachers, who recently failed a competency test set by the state government.

The state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, despite serial protests and a court ruling, has insisted on carrying out the sack and has threatened to deal with any worker who takes part in the ongoing strike in the state.

The journalist said she was ‘confused’ when she approached the area where the security operatives were manning and as she tried negotiating a bend to enter into the NTA premises close to Labour House, where the protest emanated from, she ran into the security team.

Vehicles involved in the accident caused by heavy security at scene of NLC protest in Kaduna.

She also hit another Peugeot 406 belonging to a Leadership Hausa reporter.

“They have towed my car and the police vehicle involved in the accident,” she said, visibly shaken.

The premises of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN and NTA Kaduna are located beside the Labour House, which is presently heavily guarded by armed security operatives.

Meanwhile, The NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, has said the protesters would not be intimidated by the heavy security presence sent to curb their protest.

“Anybody who thinks we cannot come out for the protest has malaria, and that malaria must be treated today,” Mr. Wabba said while addressing members inside the Labour House.

He said over 8,000 security personnel were drafted to intimidate and prevent the protest. Police said they deployed 8,000 office ERS to stop the protest.

 

Source Whirlwindnews

Posted on January, 11 2018

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