The Kaduna State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman, has appealed to Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, to revisit the cases of the disengaged civil servants in the state.
He explained that the affected workers are already going through severe untold hardship, which according to him has led to serious economic and social consequences with unreserved complications, including death.
Speaking on the occasion of the Workers’ Day celebration in Kaduna on Wednesday, he said, “It will be recalled that the present administration disengaged a large number of civil servants from the services of the state. We wish to appeal to governor El-Rufai to revisit their cases with a view of re-instating those that can still be productive.
“On a similar note, we appeal for the payment of benefits to those that cannot be re-absorbed without further delay. This appeal became very necessary as those affected are passing through severe untold hardship that has led to serious economic and social consequences with unreserved complications, including death.
“The need to intervene in the lingering crisis of New Nigerian Newspapers Limited by the northern governors so as to make the company resume normal production considering its importance to the northern region and the country at large.”
While saying that the welfare of Kaduna workers was paramount to the labour movement, he recommended the reactivation of Micro Credit Scheme for the Civil Servants in the state.
The labour leader who commended the federal and Kaduna state governments on their efforts to diversify the Nigeria economy through the development of the Agricultural sector said such has already started yielding results with the coming of investors like Olams.
He added that the security challenges especially along the Kaduna – Abuja road, Birnin Gwari and Kajuru posed serious threat to the safety of the workers and businesses as well as the citizenry in the state and called for concerted efforts towards finding lasting peace.
The Comrade urged that government and other stakeholders should double their efforts in addressing the security challenges threatening the corporate existence of the state.
In his address, the chairman, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Kaduna State Council, Comrade Shehu Mohammed, said the May Day celebration is an opportunity to x-ray the contribution of the working class to national development.
According to him, the day provides a space to review the condition of service, in order to be in line with the complex process of the national development and the rate of unemployment which has remain high with an alarming proportion of youth joblessness.