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Kaduna government won’t honour FG’s invitation with NLC: El-Rufai

Mr El-Rufai and labour unions in the state are currently engaged in a feisty face-off over the mass sacking of civil servants.

• May 20, 2021
Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), and Minister of Labour Chris Ngige
Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), and Minister of Labour Chris Ngige

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has declared that Kaduna government officials will not attend a meeting called by the federal government.

Mr El-Rufai and labour unions in the state are currently engaged in a feisty face-off over the mass sacking of civil servants. 

Spearheaded by the Nigeria Labour Congress, the aggrieved workers and other labour unions embarked on a warning strike that paralysed economic and social activities in Kaduna.

In his statement broadcasted by the NTA, Mr El-Rufai said, “No official of Kaduna State will go to Abuja for any meeting with FGN (Federal Government of Nigeria) or NLC when the citizens of the state have no electricity. We hold the FGN responsible for (its) inability to assert its ownership rights over TCN (Transmission Company of Nigeria). No electricity, no meeting.” 

Mr El-Rufai’s comments came after the NLC announced the suspension of the five-day warning strike, following the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige’s intervention, inviting Mr El-Rufai’s government and the workers for an emergency conciliatory meeting on Thursday (today).

The National Union of Food Beverage & Tobacco Employees and National Union of Air Transport Employees, the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers announced the withdrawal of their services in the heat of the face-off

Meanwhile, the Transmission Company of Nigeria said it had restored power supply on most of its 33KVA feeders and that the Kaduna Distribution Company (KAEDCO) had indicated readiness to pick supply.

TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

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