Bauchi Teachers Vow to Shut Schools over Compulsory Retirement of Union Leader

The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) has said there is no going back on its plans to shut down all schools in Bauchi state if government fails to re-instate its chairman, Abdullahi Tanko Ningi, who was forced on compulsory retirement.

The state Acting Secretary of the Union, Bala Ayuba, who stated this while briefing journalists shortly after a union meeting, said the measure became necessary to safeguard the future of education in the state.

Ayuba added that the teachers in the state received with utter dismay the news of the compulsory retirement of their chairman, whose contribution to education cannot be over-emphasised.

“We have directed teachers across the state to shun classes and proceed on peaceful protest  in the state capital demanding the immediate re-instatement of our greater chairman whose compulsory retirement is a calculated attempt by Governor Yuguda administration and its agents to scuttle the future of our children,” said Ayuba.

He said government was in haste to compulsory retire its chairman when the Union had already taken legal action against the former for allegedly victimising teachers, describing the action as jumping the gun.

He noted that teachers would not embark on strike, which has been the usual option, but would stage a protest to express their displeasure over the nonchalant attitudes of government on the plights of its members.

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