Nigerian Labour Congress Kaduna has call on the state government to halt all planned retrenchment of workers in the state without recourse to the civil service rule.
The position of the Labour Union was contained in a press release issued by the union in Kaduna on Wednesday, 7April, 2021.
The briefing reads in full…
TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE NIGERIAN LABOUR CONGRESS, KADUNA STATE COUNCIL ON THE MASS SACK/RATIONALISATION OF WORKERS AND PLANNED
CASUALISATION OF OTHER CATIGORIES BY THE GOVERNMENT OF KADUNA STATE HELD
ON 7 APRIL, 2021.
Kaduna State has woken to a new style of governance where there is no security of tenure
in the public service of Kaduna state as civil servants are daily threatened by the rumour of sack or actually stunned by mass sack of workers without recourse to the Extant Civil
Service Rules which copiously makes provision for the procedure to be adhered to before a public servant is removed from service and not whimsically which seems to be the new normative in Kaduna state. The mass sack of workers in the public service of Kaduna state
have been undertaken without recourse to the payment of Gratuity, Section 210 of the
1999 constitution which guarantees Pension Rights and also without any fair hearing
accorded the affected workers. On Tuesday 6 April, 2021, thousands of workers in the
Local Government Services of the State were issued with sack letters.
It will interest everyone to note that the N5bn monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)
which the government is celebrating is generated through the hard work of the workers in public service of Kaduna whose only reward regrettably, seems to be mass sack, arbitrary/inconsistencies in salaries which most often fluctuates from month to month, thereby
making it difficult for workers to plan in the face of spiraling inflation. Suffice, to state that the human person is the most important creature of God Almighty and any government
policy no matter how altruistic which is not aimed at bettering the welfare of the human
person cannot be said to be laudable and therein lies the social responsibility function of
government. Therefore any increased in IGR without a corresponding and remarkable
improvement in the welfare of workers and the generality of the citizens is meaningless and cannot be celebrated by a broad spectrum of the people.
Again, it is worrisome that the current State Leadership sees development squarely from the capitalist point against such crucial indices such as human capital development, human right and the rule of law. For development to be meaningful it must be balanced and wholesome, in both human capital development and infrastructures growth must deliberately and as of necessity occupy a pride of place.
In a dramatic twist of events, the Kaduna state government, recently in a manner defying of all rationality and logic especially in the face of excruciating economic reality, issued a letter
which was signed by the Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to the Governor and sent to the
Head of Service of Kaduna State, apparently preparatory to another round of mass sack in
the public service of Kaduna state.
In the letter, the PPS requested for the comprehensive list of staff from all the MDAS as categorized below:
- Officers that are 50 years and above – Compulsory retirement
- Officers on GL/14 and above, even if they are less than 50 years – Compulsory Retirement
- All categories of officers on GL 01 -06 – Conversion to casual
- And that no Local Government should have more than 50 staff strength. In the view of the foregoing and as the vanguard of the workers in Kaduna State, the NLC
Kaduna State Council after extensive deliberations at its emergency meeting wishes to state
- The NLC Kaduna State Council kicked against the mass sack of workers in the public service and any sack of workers whose appointments are statutorily protected must be based on strict compliance with the disciplinary procedure as provided in the public service rules.
- The Government of Kaduna State must take into effect the cost implication of the mass
sack on the society and the implication it will be bear on families and already compromised security situation in our beloved state.
if the workers that were sacked in 2016 are yet to be paid their entitlements, how can
the KDSG guarantee the payment of terminal benefits of those being sacked now?
- Kaduna State is already faced with issues of insecurity, unemployment, poverty, the devastating effect of Covid-19 pandemic and dwindling business prospects, therefore
any additional pain on
citizens will reasonably be repulsive to conscience.
- Accordingly, we call on the State Government to reverse this unpopular decision on the mass sack of workers, and seek alternative means of running government without inflicting additional pains on the public.
- Why we pledge to remain organized, peaceful and rational in engaging the government and other stakeholders towards ensuring amicable resolution of this and other issues, it is our prayers that prominent citizens and other people of goodwill (such as senior citizens, the political class, the clergy, traditional rulers, etc) would partner with organized labour with a view to save the state from needless skirmishes. This is
necessary in order to prevent the labour movement from being compelled to take some drastic measures.
Com. Ayuba Magaji Suleiman
Com. Christiana John Bawa