Some disengaged teachers in Kaduna State have declared support for the re-election of Sen. Shehu Sani (PRP-Kaduna) in the 2019 election.
The teachers, who made this known when a delegation paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Wednesday, promised to rally support for the lawmaker in view of his support for their plight.
Mrs Alice Ayuba, the leaders of the delegation, said they would ensure that Sani was returned as senator in 2019 through their votes.
“We are here to appreciate our distinguished senator for his support from the beginning of our predicament.
“He stood by us even when some of our teachers were arrested and imprisoned over the matter. So, we will stand by him. This is the time for payback for his strong support,” she said.
Responding, Sani appreciated the disengaged teachers for their support.
While expressing concern over the disengagement, the lawmaker promised to continue to support them where necessary, to ensure that they were reinstated.
He said: “It is unbelievable that many of you have spent decades teaching our young ones that have performed credibly well in the state and nationally and today you are adjudged incompetent.
“The process used to remove you was illegal. Consultants were asked to organise an exam and within 24 hours, thousands of teachers were disengaged for not passing exam. It is a condemnable act.
“I solidly stand by you and your struggle. Continue in your struggle. If you are not returned now, a time will come that you will be returned,” he said.
Sani, who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debts, lamented that some of the disengaged teachers were degree holders.
“Serious damage has been done to education in the state and it is worrisome.
“It is unimaginable that teachers with first degree, master’s degree and even doctorate degree will be said not to be qualified to serve.
“How can bad teachers give birth to good students,” he said. (NAN)