The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked Nigerians to hold Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State responsible of any breakdown of law and order in the state.
Governor Nasiru El-Rufai on Monday vowed to sack teachers absconding from duty following the strike action.
President of NLC , Ayuba Wabba, addressing newsmen on the current industrial crisis in the state, in Abuja, on Tuesday said the act of impunity committed against workers by the Kaduna State Government, under the guise of a competency test and the Public Service Revitalisation and Renewal Project, were not in conformity with labour laws.
Wabba described El-Rufai’s policy as inhumane and illogical in reference to rate of unemployment faced in the country.
He said “Our concerns, and indeed those of well-meaning Nigerians include the illegal and unacceptable processes employed by the Governor and their direct impact on thousands of dependants of 36,000 workers and their families thrown in one fell swoop into the unemployment market.
“More worrisome are the grievous and negative implications of this in a state grappling with social tensions and societal ills such as kidnappings, armed robberies, killings among others.
“The actions of Governor el-Rufai are largely propelled by his rabid obsession to access a loan and mortgage the lives and livelihood of thousands of workers, and indeed the people of Kaduna state to the IMF and World Bank.
“We make bold to say that no sane and humane society will contemplate such inconsiderate policy as a mass sack, talk less of implementing it at a time everyone, particularly policy makers have made us believe that the country is barely out of recession.
“Serious minds in both the public and private sectors are focused on reflating the economy, creating jobs and curbing all forms of social insecurity. Thus, we find the actions of el-Rufai totally inhuman and economically illogical, and not worth venturing into.
“It is apparent that El-Rufai’s approach is a clear violation and abuse of the tenets and provisions of our labour laws and well known international best practices, and are capable of exacerbating social tensions and societal ills in the state.”