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Outrage as El-Rufai sacks 4000 workers at 23 LGA in Kaduna

Over 4000 workers across the 23 local government areas of Kaduna have been sacked by the State government.

The sacked workers received their letter of termination of appointment on the 6th of April 2021.

The decision has, however, attracted a lot of outrage and backlash amongst individuals and certain groups.

The President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba described the action as ‘arbitrary and cruel’, he called on the State government to reverse the mass sack.

According to him, the decision to effect compulsory retirement of officers that are 50 years and above and compulsory retirement of officers on Grade Level 14 and above when they are not up to 50 years is a violation of human rights and trade Union rights of the state workers.

“Others are conversion to casual workers for officers on Grade Level 01 – 06 and the directive that no Local Government in Kaduna State shall have more than 50 staff strength. We understand that right now redundancy letters are being issued to workers caught in the web of this very arbitrary and cruel decision”.

In the letter given to the affected workers, the state government promised to pay all entitlement to the affected workers in due course. Comrade Wahab described this as a being in conflict with the provisions of the Labour Act on redundancy.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Kaduna State chapter has also condemned the mass sack.

According to Abraham Alberah Catoh, the State Publicity Secretary of the party, has described the sack as being lackadaisical to the needs of the people. He said the sack is unlawful and disheartening.

“It is disheartening that a government which asserts itself as a believer of the rule of law, however, never hesitates to break the same law in pursuit of its unscrupulous policies, based on their whims and caprices.”

Mr Abraham also called for a reverse of the mass sack of those affected.

Mr Aliyu Aminu, who was affected by the mass sack and who formerly worked with the works department called on the government to pay their benefits since Ramadan, the month of fasting is here.

Another affected worker urged the government to pay all entitlements.

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