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We’ve lost 10 members to bandits, 50 to kidnappers – ASUSS

The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Kaduna State chapter, has lamented the continuous attack on its members by bandits and kidnappers.

The association decried that no fewer than 10 teachers have been killed by bandits while 50 others were abducted in the state.
This was disclosed by the State Chairman of the association, Ishaya Dauda.

The chairman also advised the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to ensure that members of ASUSS that are in captivity are released back to their families as soon as possible.

Briefing newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday, as part of activities to commemorate the 2022 World Teachers’ Day with the theme, “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers”, he lamented that “more than 10 secondary school teachers were killed and over 50 others abducted from January till date in Kaduna and the abducted teachers are still in captivity.”

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He also pleaded with the governor to put an end to the ongoing security that has ravaged the state, saying true development can only come when the people have a sense of being secured and not when they are hunted by arms-wielding bandits.

The group, however, stated that it is not ignorant of the government’s effort to put an end to insecurity by recruiting more members for the Kaduna State vigilante service to secure the schools against the incessant attacks by terrorists.

He hailed the efforts of Governor El-Rufa’i in prompt payment of teachers’ salaries and enjoined the governor to ensure prompt payment of retirees’ benefits to ease the hardship of those that have retired from service.

He appealed to governor El-Rufai to facilitate the promotion of their members which had been delayed since 2020, saying that ASUSS, like any other trade union, has enjoyed the goodwill of the Kaduna State Government.

He added that ASUSS was working in partnership with the office of the Head of Service, the Kaduna State Ministry of Education, the Kaduna Teachers’ Service Commission and other relevant stakeholders towards ensuring better welfare for its members in terms of recruitment, promotion and other welfare packages.
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