Edo govt, teach­ers head for show­down

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

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.

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