Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has ordered the dismissal of all nurses below grade level 14 and lecturers of Kaduna State University who participated in the ongoing strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state.
The governor made this known in a press statement by his media aide, Muyiwa Adekeye, on Tuesday, titled, ‘KDSG will not tolerate criminal acts disguised as industrial action’.
“The Ministry of Health will dismiss all nurses below GL 14 for going on an unlawful strike. Salaries that could have gone to them are to be given as extraordinary occupational allowances to the health workers who are at their duty posts to fill the gap of those absconding from duty,” the statement partly reads.
“The Ministry of Health has been directed to advertise vacancies for the immediate recruitment of new nurses to replace those dismissed.
“Any academic staff of KASU that does not report for work will be dismissed. The authorities of KASU are to submit a copy of the attendance register for all categories of staff daily to the Secretary to the State Government and the Commissioner of Education.
“All MDAs are also to submit daily copies of attendance register to the Head of Service;
“KDSG views the actions of the NLC as equivalent to the actions of the bandits kidnapping and menacing our citizens. Bandits illegally use arms, but the NLC is deploying mob action for exactly the same ends: trying to hold hostage the freedoms, economic interests, livelihoods and resources of the people of Kaduna State. It is a vain expectation that this government will respond differently to sets of unlawful actions that have the same ends.”
The statement also said the Kaduna State government will not tolerate criminal acts disguised as industrial action by the NLC.
This comes after Governor El-Rufai declared the NLC National President, Ayuba Wabba, and other protesters wanted for economic sabotage and attacks on public infrastructure.