Birnin Gwari local government are of Kaduna has continued to make the news for the wrong reasons after fifteen teachers were robbed by highway assailants on Tuesday. The teachers were on their way to Dogon Dawa village where the Kaduna State government have posted them to teach in primary schools.
Last year, Kaduna State sacked almost twenty five thousand teachers who were deemed unfit to carry out their duties. The state UBE has thus conducted a recruitment exercise to replace the teachers and the government had assured that most of the teachers would be assigned to the rural areas.
Twenty Four newly recruited teachers had reported at the Kaduna State Universal basic education office in Birnin Gwari to report. They left Kaduna in the morning and fifteen of them hitched a ride that would take them to Dogon Dawa village. Three vehicles were used to transport the teachers but they drove for just ten minutes before the robbers stopped them at a roadblock and relived them of their cash and properties.
One of the teachers, Moses Joseph narrated his experience and said that the robbers initially separated the women from them and attempted to leave with them but one of the criminals spoke against it. “They collected all our handsets, our books and they even went away with the original credentials of one of us. They asked us who we were and we told them we are teachers posted to Dogon Dawa and one of them said ‘ah! yaran l’Rufai ne,’ he said.
The teachers were unhurt physically but they have returned to the Birnin Gwari office of the UBE. They also made statements at the police station in Birnin Gwari hoping that the Police would apprehend the culprits and recover the stolen items. The teachers are however unsure that they would report for duty in that region if the high rate of crime is not reduced and they have put in requests to be transferred to safer areas.
“They sacked over one thousand teachers in Kaduna South local government, but they only recruited only about 400. So why can’t they send us there to fill the remaining vacancies instead of sending us to these dangerous places,” one the teachers asked.