A group, Northern Youths Movement has accused a former Governor of Ekiti State and present Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi as the brain behind moves to sack no fewer than 20,000 teachers in Kaduna State.
This is coming just as the youths have vowed to report the minister to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the Fayemi is trying to destroy education sector in the northern part of the country through his activities.
Specifically, the group accused the minister of the conduct of a Competency Test for teachers in Kaduna State, saying the move is a prelude to the sack of over 20,000 teachers in the state.
The group made the allegation in a statement it issued in Kaduna on Wednesday after one of its meetings, warning Governor Nasir El-Rufai against going ahead with his threat to sack the teachers that purportedly failed the test.
Chairman of NYM, Mallam Ishaya Jato, accused Fayemi for bringing the consultant that conducted the competency test, which they said was done purposely to reduce the number of teachers in Kaduna State and also raise money for his (Fayemi) governorship election.
El-Rufai had expressed his resolve to go ahead with the planned sack of the teachers who failed the test saying his administration will not be blackmailed by threats from the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) that vowed to down tools if the government sacked its members.
The governor went further to say that recruitment plans for new teachers had already been put in motion.
But the youths also alleged that over N500 million was made from the competency test deal, which they said was also aimed at raising fund for Fayemi’s electioneering campaign in 2018.
The NYM also raised the alarm that idea of the competency test was already being sold to other northern states, accusing Fayemi of trying to destroy the educational system in the north, with Teachers Competency Test that they said Ekiti State Teachers resisted when Fayemi tried to impose it on them when he was governor.
They vowed to report the Minister of Mines and Steel Development to President Muhammadu Buhari and other notable northern leaders.