Kaduna Mass Sack: Let the agrieved go to the State Assembly – Parent
In Kaduna, the organized labour, comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) among others, on Thursday, defied the police and government’s order prohibiting procession by workers unions in the state.
The President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, led the protest to the government house in a 40-minute peaceful walk that practically shut down the capital city.
Chanting solidarity songs, the protesters demanded the immediate reinstatement of the 21, 700 public school teachers and 4,042 local government workers sacked by the state government.
Comrade Ayuba accused the state government of wasteful spending in deploying about 8000 uniformed personnel, comprising the military, police and other paramilitary agencies to intimidate the unarmed protesters.
“I am aware that many of the workers are being intimidated; many workers have been shot, and this is not the democracy we bargained for”, Comrade Wabba said.
According to the union leader, the laying off a sizable number of the the state’s workforce was one of the conditions given by the World Bank for giving financial assistance to the state.
The state government has stuck to its guns on the decision to lay off the workers, vowing not to reverse the decision.
The Councillor of Information and Communication for Kaduna State, Saidu Adamu, who received the protesters on behalf of the governor, promised to ensure that the issue of massive retrenchment do workers’ retrenchment is settled amicably.
Adamu acknowledged the right of the workers to peaceful protest, but reminded the protesters that the case was already in court.
Adamu said, “I will take your message to His Excellency and I want to assure you that we are law-abiding government and we will abide by what the law says. The government cannot function without workers and workers cannot function without government”.
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