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NBA Cautions Bauchi Govt Over Pay Dispute With Teachers

| March 6, 2013 More

Bauchi โ€” The Bauchi State chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, has asked the Bauchi State Government not to give in to wrong reasoning in its dispute with secondary school teachers over deductions of their allowances in the state.

Eleven officials of the teachers’ union had been detained since last week following the face-off with the state government.

The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, ASUSS, ordered its members to embark on strike following the decision of the government to withdraw allowances of civil servants in the state to enable it finance some capital projects.

Last week, the government also threatened to sack the striking teachers en-mass and employ 5,000 new ones after it had taken the teachers to court over the issue, prompting the leadership of the union to dare their employers to carry out the threat.

However, speaking in an interview with Vanguard in Bauchi, the state Chairman of the NBA, Mohammed Alhassan, urged the two belligerent groups to bury their ego and resolve the issues involved to save the future of the children.

He said: “As an association, we are appealing to the state authourities and Governor Isa Yuguda not to give in to wrong reasoning of some of his advisers, but rather he should use wise counsel in resolving this issue. The State Government had in the past resolved more problems than this, so the problem of the striking secondary school teachers can equally be handled and not the way it is going.

“In the past, there had always been a relationship between ASUSS and the state Ministry of Education; so if they claim that they are not a legally registered body, how come the state government was dealing with an unregistered body before the strike.”

“Now that the table has turned, the court is saying they are not a registered body. I feel this is not logical because the fact that they are organized, they should be dealt with as an organized body irrespective of their status in law. Since the state government had been relating with them in that capacity, why should it be technically used now against their collective will and aspirations?”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of ASSUS, Mr. Abdullahi Ningi, has condemned the detention of union members and threatened to sue the government and petition the state police command over the alleged illegal detention of the union’s members.

He said: “Initially five of our members were invited by the security operatives to the station.When they got there, they were detained and asked to write statements. Some of their colleagues who did not see them decided to follow them to enquire about the matter. On reaching the station, they were also detained by the police, making 11 of them.

They were all transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID. ASSUS officials were taken to Magistrate’s Court 2, where the presiding magistrates were not on seat. They were taken back and remanded in prison custody.”

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