- The NUT has threatened to go on strike anytime soon
- The teachers' union said it will take this step if the federal government does not end insecurity issues around the country
- The leadership of the union regretted the rampant abduction of teachers and students in parts of the nation recently
The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has called on the federal government to wake up and change the narrative of the security situation in the country.
The NUT in a statement signed by its secretary-general, Mike Ene, on Tuesday, December 15, said that if the government fails to do the needful, its members will go on a nationwide strike.
The union cited cases of teachers abducted in Edo and Delta and mentioned the recent kidnap of many students in the Kankara part of Katsina, Channels TV reports.
It stated that these developments are a grim reminder of the Chibok and Dapchi experience in Borno state.
Moreover, the NUT informed the government that nothing drastic is done soon, the 2019/2020 academic calendar will be affected in no small measure.
Part of the statement by the union reads:
"The recent condemnable events of bandit attack on schools, if not immediately addressed will largely affect the 2019/2020 academic calendar which has already been disrupted by the six-month-long lockdown caused by the COVID- 19 pandemic.
"As a union, the NUT will not fold her hands and watch enemies of educational development threaten the nation’s educational system to suffocation.
"As such, we wish to remind our government at all levels of their primary responsibility as enshrined in the Constitution which is the security of lives and property of the entire Nigerian citizens.
"The NUT makes bold to demand that government must rise to these challenges and take up its responsibility to guarantee and execute this general principle and commitment to providing adequate security to all our educational institutions and the nation at large."
Meanwhile, Aminu Masari, the governor of Katsina, had said that 17 of the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School (GSSS) in Kankara local government area had escaped from the kidnappers' den.
The governor, who made this known in an interview on the evening of Monday, December 14, said the schoolboys were found and had been reunited with their families.
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