Ebonyi - The Ebonyi wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Thursday vowed to protect the rights of its members against any violation.
The Ebonyi wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Thursday vowed to protect the rights of its members against any violation.
The secretary of the union, Mr Clinton Ikpitibor, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki that the union would no longer tolerate the violation of the rights of its members by anybody whether in government or otherwise.
He said the union had at different times received reports of arbitrary abuse of the rights of its members and pledged the readiness of the union to rise up to the challenge.
Ikpitibor said that the incessant violation of the rights and privileges of teachers in the employ of the state government had become alarming and needed urgent attention.
``The union has observed with dismay the wanton abuse by government agents of the rights of its members.
``Our members had at various times been suspended without recourse to laid down public service rules.
``Some have been placed on pro rata salary for attending a workshop that was officially approved for them by the authority,’’ Ikpitibor said.
The unionist said the body would avail itself of every legal instrument to defend the rights and interests of its members as well as ensure their protection.
According to him, the violation of the right of one teacher amounts to the violation of the rights of all.
``We belong to one big family and once the right of any member is violated, the rest would be directly or indirectly affected.
``We shall, by the grace of God, ensure that the sanctity of the profession is protected,’’ he said.
Ikpitibor underscored the roles of teachers in national development, stressing that there could hardly be a nation without teachers.
``A nation that toys with its teachers invariably toys with the future and destiny of its people,’’ he said.