Adamant Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai yesterday raised the variety of retrenched staff with the sack of all nurses beneath Grade Stage 14.
El-Rufai, who’s embroiled in a disagreement with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the sooner sack of over 45,000 staff, additionally threatened to dismiss the state college lecturers for being sympathetic to the continued five-day warning strike by Labour.
He additionally declared NLC President Ayuba Wabba and different union leaders needed for what he known as financial sabotage and assaults on public infrastructure.
However, Wabba dared the governor, saying:”We’re right here and ready for them. The protest is not about him(El-Rufai) however in regards to the welfare of the generality of staff.”
The Federal Authorities has, nevertheless, intervened to keep away from additional escalation of the disaster.
Labour and Employment Minister, Chris Ngige made this recognized in Abuja.
Labour on Sunday evening commenced the warning strike to get the El-Rufai authorities to reverse the mass retrenchment and forestall its deliberate additional dismissal of 11, 000 extra civil servants.
However the governor, who insisted in a press release that he wouldn’t make a U-turn on the sacked staff, stated he had ordered an commercial for candidates that can substitute the nurses.
The assertion by his Particular Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, didn’t point out the variety of the affected nurses.
He was, nevertheless, express that three nurses at the Barau Educating Hospital, who allegedly disconnected oxygen provide to a two-day-old in an incubator on Monday could be prosecuted.
El-Rufai, who described Wabba and the opposite union leaders as bandits, stated it was heart-wrenching that the nurses might have interaction in sabotaging a number of the state’s well being amenities.
The assertion titled: “KDSG won’t tolerate prison acts disguised as industrial motion” reads partially: “Additionally, KDSG can’t ignore the unlawful pressures dropped at disrupt the operations of banks and different non-public enterprise whose workers and clients would not have any industrial dispute with the state or every other authorities.
“KDSG regrets that some nurses have joined the illegal strike and engaged within the sabotage of a few of our well being amenities. Nurses have been implicated within the frocible discharge of sufferers in lots of well being amenities.
“The Ministry of Well being will dismiss all nurses beneath Grade Stage 14 for happening an illegal strike. Salaries that would have gone to them are to be given as extraordinary occupational allowances to the well being staff who’re at their responsibility posts to fill the hole of these absconding from responsibility.
“Any educational workers of KASU that doesn’t report for work can be dismissed.
“KDSG views the actions of the NLC as equal to the actions of the bandits kidnapping and menacing our residents.
“Bandits illegally use arms, however the NLC is deploying mob motion for precisely the identical ends: attempting to carry hostage the freedoms, financial pursuits, livelihoods and sources of the individuals of Kaduna State. It’s a useless expectation that this authorities will reply otherwise to units of illegal actions which have the identical ends.”
Earlier, the governor had positioned a bounty on Wabba and his colleagues in case they didn’t report themselves to “the closest police station” as directed by him.
Shortly after the menace by El-Rufai, the protest by labour that entered the second day virtually turned bloody however for the short response of safety operatives who dispersed greater than 50 thugs that threw stones and different harmful weapons at Wabba and his co-protesters.
The incident occurred on the NEPA Roundabout the place the NLC boss addressed the protesting staff.
El-Rufai had in two separate posts on his Twitter deal with@elrufai defined that Wabba and the Labour leaders have been needed for financial sabotage and assaults on public infrastructure. Their alleged actions, in response to him, contravened the Miscellaneous Offences Act.
Within the first submit, the governor stated: “Ayuba Wabba & others of @NLCHeadquarters declared needed for financial sabotage & assaults on public infrastructure below Miscellaneous Offences Act.
“Anybody that is aware of the place he’s hiding ought to ship a message to @MOJKaduna. KDSG. There can be a good-looking reward!”
Within the second tweet, he stated that “…the reform of the scale, value & high quality of over-bloated, inefficient & barely educated public service is at stake right here.”
El-Rufai vowed that his authorities would “neither retreat nor concede to any inconsiderate & corrupt political hacks ever.”
The governor, who later fielded questions from reporters insisted that Wabba and his colleagues have to be arrested.
His phrases: “I’m certain you all noticed my Twitter deal with submit. They (labour leaders) have attacked amenities and engaged in financial sabotage. We’ll convey him to justice.
“We’re on the lookout for him (Wabba); he ought to report himself to the closest police station or report back to us. He can be prosecuted for financial sabotage.
“There is no such thing as a floor for compromise. They’ve used their final weapon and it’ll not change something. It won’t change our place.”
Wabba had earlier yesterday led the unionists from NLC Secretariat at Golf Course Street to NEPA Roundabout on Ahmadu Bello Method via Independence Strategy to Muhammadu Buhari Method.
However after they gathered on the Roundabout, the thugs who wielded matchets and sticks, threw stones and different harmful objects at them.
Police and different safety personnel guarding the protesters have been nevertheless capable of repel the thugs with tear fuel.
The NLC Chairman within the state, Ayuba Magaji, accused the El-Rufai authorities of being unnecessarily powerful over a difficulty that may very well be settled via dialogue.
Magaji stated that labour, on its half was dedicated to the precept of dialogue and social bargaining for the advantage of the disengaged staff.
He added: “We’re not in a army regime; it isn’t a difficulty of stubbornness. We’ll shield the rights of staff to the latter.
“The Kaduna State Authorities is taking part in powerful on our actions. We have now had army governments who’re powerful by nature however we sat down and dialogued with them and reached a logical conclusion.”