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NLC Plans Strike To Protest Mass Sacking By Kaduna Govt

Babajide Iletogun

The Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned the decision of Government of kaduna State to lay-off thousand of its workers.

The President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, while addressing the press in Abuja said that the five-day strike would be from both public and private organisations in the state.

The Kaduna state government had on April 6, disengaged 4,000 public service workers, due to dwindling financial resources and higher wage bill which the government cannot be able to sustain.

Similarly, the Governor of the state, Nasiru El-Rufai had insisted that the government was not elected just to pay salaries of public servants alone, but to also develop the state by building schools, hospitals, upgrading infrastructure and making the state more secure and attractive to the private sector for jobs and investments.

El-Rufai pointed out that what it has been receiving from the Federation Account Allocation Committee since the middle of 2020, like most other sub-nationals, can barely pay salaries and overheads, adding that in the last six months, personnel costs have accounted for between 84.97 per cent and 96.63 per cent of FAAC allocation received by Kaduna State Government.

But Wabba said , “CWC has decided and has also recommended to the National Executive Council that labour will withdraw all services from either public or private.

“It is going to be a total action because we believe that El-Rufai is not alone in this action; neo-liberal forces and some governments are also part of it.”

The Congress noted that the withdrawal of service will be elongated if there is no remorse from the state government.

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