El-Rufai Unions urge governor to reopen Gidan Waya College

The Chairman noted with satisfaction that the college did not lose either a staff or student during the southern Kaduna crisis.

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Three unions of the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, on Friday urged Gov. Nasiru El-Rufaí to reopen the institution which was closed down due the recent crisis in southern Kaduna.

Officials of the College of Education Staff Union (COEASU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Union made the appeal at a joint congress meeting in Gidan Waya.

Noah Danlami, the COEASU Chairman, said the appeal became necessary due to the “total return of normalcy in southern Kaduna in general and Gidan Waya in particular.”

Danlami pointed out that primary and secondary schools as well as other businesses in the area have been in full operation and wondered why the governor was reluctant to reopen the institution.

According to him,  the closure of the college is counterproductive and negates government policy of providing free access to education to its citizens.

He stressed that reopening the college would enable the Academic Planning Division of the institution to come up with modalities cover the time lost during the closure.

The COEASU chairman, however, commended the Federal Government for launching Operation Harbin Kunama ll, which helped to restore normalcy to the area.

Also, Sunday Sani, Chairman, Senior Staff Union of the college, said that the continued stay of students at home would make them more vulnerable to social vices.

The Chairman of NASU, Danjuma Amar, noted with satisfaction that the college did not lose either a staff or student during the southern Kaduna crisis.

He therefore called on the state government to allow for full resumption of academic activities.

The unions also appealed to the government to exclude the institution from the Treasury Single Account and implement the 65-year retirement policy for staff.

They further canvassed for the implementation of CONPCASS and CONTEDISS salary structure, to stop brain drain in the institution.