Lagos (Lagos State) – The Lagos Wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), has called on the Federal Government to carry teachers along in its proposed recruitment of 500,000 teachers in 2016.
Deputy Chairman of the union, Mr Adesina Adedoyin, made the call during interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Lagos on Saturday.
Adedoyin said it was necessary to carry teachers along through the union because the union has more information about the areas where teachers are needed.
“If the recruitment of 500,000 teachers is not a political statement, the NUT should be carried along while carrying out such decision.
“Over 300 teachers have been murdered in Borno by terrorists; over 50 died in bomb blasts close to the governor’s house in Kaduna.
“It is in situation such as this that the teachers’ advice is needed for proper implementation.
“Teachers are in the system and can tell areas, subjects and places were teachers are needed most”, he said.
He said the mode of recruitment should be made clear, adding, “for the exercise to succeed, trained teachers, who love teaching, should be considered for employment and not relations of political office holders.
“The last recruitment that took place in primary schools in the state was 15 years ago. Lagos State Government put up some adverts for recruitment, but that is still in waiting”, he said.
He also called on the federal government to explain who will pay the teachers after recruiment.
He, however, described the plan as a good one, provided the exercise was properly and sincerely executed. (NAN)