Gov. El-Rufai: The NLC 5-day Warning Strike is a Campaign of Economic Sabotage


The Kaduna State Government, headed by Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has characterized the Nigeria Labour Congress’s five-day warning strike as an economic and social sabotage operation.

The state government stated that the five-day warning strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had not changed the circumstances that forced its decision to right-size its workforce.

In a tweet, Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser on Media and Communication, clarified the government’s strong commitment to using all means available to represent the interests of the majority of its citizen.

The statement pointed out that the government’s resolve was only reinforced by the desperate actions undertaken by the NLC to unlawfully trespass on government facilities, and prevent officers from signing attendance registers.


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The statement noted that despite these actions, the state government has guaranteed access to the state secretariat and other government offices.

It noted that the government intends to continue running its operations in service to the people, despite the futile efforts of the NLC to impede it, adding that all officers from GL 14 upwards are expected at their duty posts as usual.

He lamented that the NLC has also shut healthcare access for several citizens, in addition to shutting down electricity, including several hospitals, and chased away the patients.

The statement further decried, “General hospitals in Kawo, Tudun-Wada, Kafanchan, Giwa, Rigasa, Kakuri and Sabon Tasha were illegally locked. They also shut rural hospitals and primary health centers in Kwoi, Turunku, and other locations across the state.”

The statement explained that the government shares the pain of the people of Kaduna State amidst what it described as the avalanche of unlawful conduct by the NLC and appealed to all residents to remain peaceful and vigilant.

The statement warned that the government was documenting all these violations of the Miscellaneous Offences Act and the Trade Union Act.

He said that the government welcomed the visit by the leaders of the Trade Union Congress who met with the Head of Service, Bariatu Y. Mohammed.

Hajiya Bariatu had written on the TUC delegation’s positive outlook, headed by Barrister Musa Lawal, the TUC’s Secretary-General.

The TUC unit, according to him, included Comrade Isa Mohammed of PENGASSAN, Comrade Bulama Haruna, Comrade Ebere Okpara, Comrade Yunusa Zubairu, Comrade Aliyu Yunusa, and members of the TUC’s Kaduna State Executive.

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