Edo govt, teachers head for showdown
The Edo state government and secondary school teachers are heading for a showdown over plans to re-introduce competency test for teachers by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Daily Trust gathered that the said plan is despite a restraining order by the National Industrial Court pending the determination of a substantive suit on the matter.
Some of the teachers have been invited with letters to write the competency test on August 15 at Imaguero College hall, Benin City. The letter was signed by the Permanent Secretary in the office of the Head of Service office, Mr Edmund Idahosa.
Meanwhile, the teachers in a petition to the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, through their counsel, Mr Olayiwola Afolabi, said the court order restraining the defendants from conducting the competency test still subsisted.
“It may interest you to know that the suit is still pending at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Enugu Division and the injunction still subsists. As a matter of fact, the case has been adjourned to 25 September 2017 and your office has been representing the defendants through a state counsel in the matter,” they said.
The teachers said the immediate past administration attempted to conduct the test despite court order but failed when the teachers did not show up at the designated centres on the day of the test.
“Following a contempt proceedings against the government and the committee over the act of disobedience to the order of the court, former Governor Adams Oshiomhole decided to mend fences with the teachers in the interest of peace,” they said, urging the Attorney General to advise the governor against any act that could amount to contempt of court.