The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to immediately discontinue the alleged mass retrenchment of teachers and workers of university staff secondary and primary schools in Nigeria.
Consequently, the House on Thursday mandated its committee on Tertiary Education to meet with the Minister of Education “to throw light on the policy summersault and hasty decision of government to throw out thousands of workers from gainful employment.”
The House resolution came following the passage of a motion sponsored on the floor of the chamber by Babatunde Gabriel Kolawole under matters of urgent National Importance.
The lawmaker had while introducing the motion noted that teachers and general workers of university staff secondary schools and primary schools are employees of the government of the federation through the universities that engaged their services.
He expressed concern over “the recent Government Policy of divesting itself from the university staff secondary schools and primary schools’ funding with the attendant implication of laying off all the teachers and general workers of these schools.”
He stated: “The economic reality of the moment and the general economic hardship people are going through today in Nigeria as a result of lack of gainful employment and underemployment, will be worsened by the decision of the government to close all these schools.”
The House in its resolution also urged the Federal Government to make efforts to absorb teachers and workers already affected into the mainstream university staff pool.