JUST IN!! Temple Run In Kaduna As Governor El-Rufai Hires 50 Truckloads Of Thugs To Attack Protesting Workers
Ayuba Wabba, the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has said that the Kaduna State government, led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, has hired 50 truckloads of thugs to attack protesting workers in the state.
He said that the governor paid N500 each to a group of youths to disrupt a workers’ rally on Tuesday over the state’s wholesale dismissal of civil personnel.
Thugs reportedly disrupted a workers’ march in the state on Tuesday, according to reports. State employees began a five-day strike on Monday in protest of the governor’s retrenchment of around 60,000 personnel and the government’s alleged anti-labor practices.
Following the attack, the NLC criticized it and threatened to go on a statewide strike.
“As I speak with you this morning, the security agencies are already there, and they (Kaduna) have hired around 50 trucks of thugs to try to raid the NLC state office where our people are already converging,” Wabba remarked on the television program. Is this what democracy looks like? Even under military (regime) labor leaders, labor regulations were not broken to the extent that they are today.
“The security agencies are already on the scene, photographing and documenting everything, including the vehicles and individuals.
Those who were employed to carry placards were paid N500 each yesterday (Tuesday), according to my records. In reality, I have them on file; they are minors, the most of whom are under the age of 17. What kind of system do we have here? The journalists should inquire as to why they are demonstrating, as the stories of those who are affected can be heard. Basically, in this scenario, propaganda must be exposed.”
The governor had declared the NLC President sought for economic sabotage on Tuesday, but Wabba dared El-Rufai to arrest him, even as the union leader led workers in a second day of protest on Tuesday.
Aviation workers, bank workers, rail workers, power workers, health workers, and teachers, among others, have gone on strike in Kaduna State for the past 72 hours in protest of the El-Rufai-led government’s claimed injustice.
The NLC president slammed El-government Rufai’s as “tyrannical,” “adamant,” and “powerdrunk” in a speech on Wednesday. He also expressed his disappointment that the governor was celebrating the state’s workers’ disengagement due to a lack of cash.
“The issue we’re dealing with in Kaduna is about a worker’s fundamental rights,” Wabba remarked. A worker is not a slave; employment relationships are governed by regulations, which are extremely clear. Our legal system is quite comprehensive, with statutes covering virtually every topic. It is not possible to just fire employees.
“Can any Nigerian, including labor unions, stand by and watch while breadwinners for tens of thousands of families become disengaged? What will the societal ramifications be? We are already seeing it. This is a key labor issue, which is why the NLC is addressing it.”
The NLC president also stated that the union followed the law by providing proper written notice prior to the strike’s start, but that “the government of Kaduna State has remained adamant because we are in a position where powerdrunk people may continue to do whatever they want.”
“What is occurring is crass misuse of power, and every Nigerian has now witnessed it,” he continued. This action will be limited to Kaduna for five days, and we are still here (Kaduna). If it fails, we will certainly escalate it because we believe we have tiers of government, and we are very concerned about this matter, which is why we cannot change our position because justice has not been served to those workers.
How can someone rejoice in the dismissal of workers? Is it the only state facing economic difficulties? I’ll give you an example: when Kano State attempted to revert to the minimum wage, we immediately wrote the governor, who requested conversation. He presented the facts and proposed solutions, just like he did in Rivers State, but in Kaduna, we are dealing with a tyrant that does not respect the rule of law.”
PUNCH is the source of this information.
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