Governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State said that he has provided a comprehensive briefing to President Muhammadu Buhari on the rightsizing policy of his administration and the steps taken so far to implement it. This is even as the governor has vowed never to allow the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to hold another protest rally in the state.
El-Rufai, who said the state would seek accountability for the Nigeria Labour Congress actions in the state by setting up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the events of May 2021, explained that his administration is hiring over 10,000 staff.
He said rightsizing obliged the government to continuously recruit teachers, doctors, nurses and other qualified staff to provide vital services.
In a statement issued by his special adviser on media and communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, yesterday, the governor assured President Buhari that “KDSG is determined not to allow a repeat of the pains, economic losses and the restraints of freedom that the NLC inflicted on the people of the state.”
Alluding to the NLC’s renewed threat of strike action, he said the Congress has demonstrated that it does not even believe inequality among its own members, by describing the transfer of one KDSG employee to a place where other civil servants are serving as victimisation.
Recalling that its representatives made it clear at the 20th May 2021 conciliation meeting that whatever they signed required the approval of the Kaduna State Executive Council, the media aide stated that the government has informed the minister of labour and employment that the State Executive Council was unable to approve the MoU.
“It is trite that an MoU is not a legally binding document. The content of the MoU shows that there is no congruence between the progressive aspirations of the Kaduna State government and the misguided sense of entitlement of the NLC, which does not even believe in equality amongst its own members.
“KDSG employees are serving with dedication in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area, amidst all the challenges. Yet, the NLC describes the transfer of one KDSG employee to Birnin-Gwari LGA as victimisation, as if other staff who have been loyally serving in the same area are lesser humans or permanent victims. KDSG rejects this unfair denigration of the very people that the transferred employee claims to lead,” he said.
He added: “it is improper to describe the routine application of public service rules and labour regulations by a government as victimisation.”