National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, has urged the federal government to do whatever it takes to rescue more than 200 girls of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, abducted over a month ago by Boko Haram insurgents.
The union in a statement by its President and General Secretary, Tunde Oladele and Isa Aremu, respectively, commended nationwide strike and protest by the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Thursday May 22, 2014 “against the abduction of the female students and the heartless murder of as many as 173 teachers” by the faceless terror forces.
The statement read further that “It is increasingly clear that the current security challenge is indeed an assault on our nascent depressed educational sector.
“Whoever abducts pupils and indiscriminately kills their teachers invariably declares war on education in a country struggling to return education to its glorious past.
“We commend the leadership of the NUT led by the President of the Union, Mr. Michael Olukoya for being part of the global campaign to Bring Back our Girls and put a stop to unprovoked killing of teachers, abduction of school children and burning of our schools.
“An injury to pupils and teachers is an injury to all Nigerians. All Nigerian stakeholders must join the NUT to protect the education sector.
“After Almighty God, governments all the world are established to offer welfare and security to their respective citizens. Nigeria’s government is not an exception; it must guarantee the welfare and security of the citizens as contained in 1999 constitution.
“The terrorists might do their worse in violence but the Federal and state governments are enjoined to do their best in preventing pupils’ abductions and serial unacceptable murder of teachers in public schools.
“Governments must ultimately account for teachers and pupils and make sure there is an uninterrupted educational service delivery.
“We support and identify with the resolve of the union to continue the campaigns until the abducted girls are brought back safe and alive and the perpetrators of the heinous crime are brought to book,” the union said.