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Kaduna/labour crisis: El Rufai backs out of talks with FG, NLC

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The Kaduna State Government has backed out of talks with the Nigeria Labour Congress,NLC as initiated by the Federal Government over the strike embarked upon by the state branch of NLC even as the later has called off it’s week old strike .

 

The Federal Government in a bid to intervene in the matter pleaded that the status quo be maintained and no party should say or do anything that will aggravate the situation.

Already NUPENG and the Railways have threatened nationwide strike if El-Rufai thinks he is a super power and have notified the federal government to the effect.

In a statement issued on Wednesday night, Media Adviser to the governor, Muyiwa Adekeye said the government will not engage in negotiations with the NLC until power is restored.

“The Kaduna State Government is yet to see evidence that the NLC is backing off from its campaign of economic and social sabotage against the people of the State,” the statement reads.

“Electric power is yet to be restored, after it was shut down at dawn on Sunday, 16th May 2021, in brazen violation of the laws protecting essential services and infrastructure.

“That action removed any basis for state government officials to meet the NLC last Sunday. Denying our people electricity about 18 hours to the advertised commencement of their organized sabotage was akin to putting a gun on the government’s head. Government has a lawful duty not to indulge blackmail.

“Restoring electricity is vital to relieving some of the pain that needless acts of lawlessness have inflicted on our people. The unimpeded provision of essential services is vital to civilized order.

“Those who have disrupted it should promptly reverse themselves, not expect that it will be a matter for negotiation, much less viewed as a precondition. KDSG will not participate in such a negotiation or countenance one whilst our people are still being denied their right to electricity.”

As of the time of this report which is about midnight of Wednesday 19th May it can be confirmed that power is yet to be restored to the state.

The Kaduna government says electricity is yet to be restored in the state despite the strike called off by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had disconnected power on Sunday in compliance with the five-day warning strike declared by the NLC in the state.

On Wednesday, the union suspended the strike following a request for negotiation by the federal government.

Labor dispute arose over alleged indiscriminate sack of workers. Before the last sacking exercise, El-Rufai had sacked 30,000 workers without blinking an eye or compensating them to date. While the protests were on he ordered the sack of all Nurses on grade level 14 and below as well as Lecturers who joined the protest.

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