‘Stop Picketing Public Schools’

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has expressed its displeasure over the forceful blockage of the entrances to various government schools in the territory last Friday by some officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in a failed attempt to coerce teachers and workers of the FCT to join their unpopular strike action.

FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello made this position known at the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected Area Council Chairmen and Vice Chairmen at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The minister stressed that the illegal action of the NLC which denied thousands of school pupils and students across the territory their constitutional right to education is in bad faith and would no longer be condoned by his administration.

“By locking up public schools and forcing the innocent children to go back home, what you have done is to deny the children of the masses, our children, their rights to education,” he said.

Bello therefore called on the Labour union to desist from denying access to schools as a tool for expressing their grievances but rather toe the path of peace and embrace the ongoing dialogue between labour and the Federal government in order to address the issues raised by them concerning the deregulation of pump price of petrol.

The minister said, “I will like to call upon our brothers and sisters in the Nigeria Labour Congress and all the other trade unions to listen to the words of advice by well-meaning people across the entire strata of our dear country for them to stop this strike. It is very important for us to understand that this country is going through critical challenges and all of us are aware of the efforts that our leader President Muhammadu Buhari is making to help us overcome these challenges”.

He said the security agencies have been directed to fully secure all the schools in the Federal Capital Territory.

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