The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has warned the federal government not to politicize the promised recruitment of 500,000 teachers.

Nigerian Tribune reports that Mr Obong J. Obong, the secretary general of NUT spoke on behalf of the leadership of the union in Abuja on Tuesday, December 29. He applauded the federal government for the move but urged that only professionals should be employed in order to continue to develop the primary and secondary education.


He said: “The attention of the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers has been drawn to the pronouncement of the Federal Government to recruit 500,000 teachers for the nation’s basic education and secondary schools.


“This intention of the federal government is laudable and consistent with the demand of the Nigeria Union of Teachers for the employment of more professional teachers to address the long identified problem of shortage of manpower in the nation’s basic education and secondary school system.


“It would be recalled that the National Executive Council of the union at its meeting of 16th December, 2015 insisted that this planned policy of the Federal Government should only accommodate professional teachers–graduate teachers and NCE holders and not quacks and personnel who have not been duly trained as teachers no matter their qualifications.


“The Nigeria Union of Teachers will support the Federal Government in the actualisation of this policy but wishes to caution the government against the temptation of using this policy as a means of compensation for political patronage as it was the practice in the past.”


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