The Kaduna State Government has asked it’s senior officers to be at their duty post despite the ongoing shutdown of activities by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
NLC has grounded commercial activities in the state following the sacking of over 4,000 workers by the state government.
NLC said before now, Kaduna State government under Nasir el-Rufai has been embarking on anti-labour policies adding that he is now planning to increase school fees which will also affect workers.
But reacting to the protest, the Kaduna State government said the government intends to continue running its operations in service to the people, despite what it described as futile efforts of the NLC to impede it.
‘’Accordingly, all officers from GL 14 upwards are expected at their duty posts as usual,’’ a statement signed by el-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye said.
The government said it is committed to using all the resources it can generate to serve the interests of the majority of its citizens.
‘’Despite these actions, the state government has guaranteed access to the State Secretariat and other government offices.’’
The government said NLC has also shut healthcare access for several citizens, in addition to shutting down electricity, including several hospitals and chased away the patients.
‘’General hospitals in Kawo, Tudun-Wada, Kafanchan, Giwa, Rigasa, Kakuri and Sabon Tasha were illegally locked. They also shut rural hospitals and primary health centre in Kwoi, Turunku and other locations across the state,’’ he lamented.
‘’The government shares the pain of the people of Kaduna State amidst the avalanche of unlawful conduct by the NLC and appeals to all residents to remain peaceful and vigilant,’’ Adekeye said.
The statement however warned that ‘’ government is documenting all these violations of the Miscellaneous Offences Act and the Trade Union Act.’’
The Special Adviser said that government welcomed ‘’ the visit by the leaders of the Trade Union Congress who met with our Head of Service, Bariatu Y. Mohammed, this morning.
‘’Hajiya Bariatu has reported on the constructive attitude of the TUC delegation led by Barrister Musa Lawal, its Secretary-General,’’ he said.
The statement added:‘’the TUC team included Comrade Isa Mohammed of PENGASSAN, Comrade Bulama Haruna, Comrade Ebere Okpara, Comrade Yunusa Zubairu, Comrade Aliyu Yunusa and members of the Kaduna State Executive of the TUC.’’