…Says, “Gov diverted Bill Gate’s billions of naira, refuses to pay 28,000 sacked teachers”
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The ‘Kaduna State Governorship Candidates Forum 2019’ has strongly condemned the nonpayment of the twenty-eight thousand school teachers dismissed without following due process, a statement issued and made available to journalists on Sunday in Kaduna has revealed.
Signed by Mohammed Kabir Usman, who is media and publicity secretary, on behalf of Forum’s chairman, Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu, the body stated that “Even as the government was expected to professionally retrain the teachers and give them chance to improve their educational capacity, but were denied that opportunity by the government.
“After the sacking of the teachers, the government of El-Rufai has intentionally refused to pay the innocent citizens their entitlements, which as a result of that, many of them are losing their lives out of depression and frustration, while many of their children drop out of schools and are homeless today, due to their parents’ inability to pay rent.
“What do we call this kind of leaders, who enjoy the suffering/sorrow of their people? In the same vein, since the resumption of this government to office, the government has received over six hundred billion naira (N600bn) allocation from federal government, outside the billions of naira donation from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for control/eradication of malaria, but the government diverted the fund to construction of substandard drainages in some areas of the state, which are still not completed.
“While the rest of the money was alleged to have been diverted for something else, they also received funds from Emergency Educational Intervention programme in billions.
“Considering the large sum of money received by this government, it’s a pity today that a state like Kaduna – known as ‘Centre of Learning in Nigeria,’ the poor children are still sitting on the floor in almost all the schools in Kaduna state, both primary and secondary schools, with inconducive learning atmosphere, while the government is busy circulating pictures on media claiming that they are renovating the schools of our children.
“It should be noted, that, they only select some few schools in some areas of the state where they are expecting favour. In Kaduna, we need a serious government that will make sacrifices for the future of our state, not those that give priority to their families and associates.
“Successive governments had it as a matter of policy, supporting and assisting children of the poor and less-privileged with scholarship in both local and international schools, but El-Rufai, who enjoyed educational scholarship during his educational pursuit, denied students in Kaduna that same opportunity he had, in the past three-and-half years of his administration.
“The case of the newly-recruited teachers is no different, as their salaries are not paid as at when due; the government is owing them six months’ salaries yet to be paid. Same goes to the so-called schools feeding program; the list is endless. We call on the good people of our dear beloved states, Kaduna, to join us in this struggle of Libration, Restoration and Rebuilding of New Kaduna.”