Management of Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria has sacked 47 teachers from its staff school, saying that it was a federal government directive.
Explaining the reason for the massive sack, the NCAT public relations officer, Mr Bala stated that the federal government gave a directive that it could no longer fund the staff schools.
According to him, that was why NCAT took the decision in line with federal government directive to terminate the appointments of the teachers.
“It is not an NCAT decision to terminate their appointments, federal government said it can no longer fund staff schools in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), and we are an agency that gets subvention from the federal government so we followed their directive and now we are going to employ people we are taking application which are also open to former staff that were laid off and the general public,” he expalined.
He further explained that unlike FAAN Staff School which generates its own revenue and does not get subvention from the government, the NCAT school does not generate any and so had to take the measures in compliance to the directive.
Since Friday last week when the termination was made public, stakeholders have accused NCAT for allegedly sacking the teachers without any reason whatsoever and planning to replace the staff teachers with contract workers.
It has also been alleged that the school has already placed adverts to fill the position of the 47 teachers on a contractual basis.
Meanwhile, the NCAT rector was said to have intervened in the matter, prevailing on the management to look for another alternative, however, that was not to happen as management decided that the termination must go through and that the sacked teachers were paid three months in lieu notice to leave.