The National Labor Congress, the NLC, the Kaduna State Council, has spoken out against the massive dismissal of civil service workers.
In a press release issued by Com. Ayuba Magaji Suleiman and Com. Christiana John Bawa, President and Secretary of State respectively, said: “The government of Kaduna State must take into account the financial consequences of the mass layoff on society and the implication it will have on families and society. security situation already compromised in our beloved. State.
If workers made redundant in 2016 have not yet collected their rights, how can the KDSG guarantee the payment of final indemnities for those who are made redundant now? “
The workers noted that the state was already facing issues of insecurity, unemployment, poverty, the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and diminishing business prospects, adding that any further suffering for citizens would be reasonably repugnant to conscience.
The workers called on the state government to overturn what they called “this unpopular decision on
massive dismissal of workers ”, and seek alternative means of running the government without inflicting further suffering on the public.
The NLC noted that why they pledged to remain organized, peaceful and rational by engaging the government and other stakeholders to ensure an amicable resolution of this and other issues, it is their prayers that “citizens Eminent people and other people of good will (such as the elderly, politicians, clergy, traditional rulers, etc.) would join in the organized work to save the state from unnecessary skirmishes.
“This is necessary to prevent the labor movement from being forced to take drastic measures,” the statement noted.
The NLC lamented that the state has woken up to a new style of governance where there is no job security in the civil service of Kaduna State, “while civil servants are threatened daily by the rumored to be dismissed or in fact stunned by the massive dismissal of workers without recourse to existing civil service rules which extensively provide for the procedure to be followed before a civil servant is dismissed from office and not out of fantasy, which seems to be the new standard in Kaduna State.
He said the massive dismissal of Kaduna state civil service workers was undertaken without recourse to the payment of gratuity, article 210 of the 1999 constitution, which guarantees pension rights and also without any fair hearing. granted to affected workers, claiming that on Tuesday April 6, 2021, thousands of workers in local state government departments received dismissal letters.
The statement explained, “It will be interesting for everyone to note that the Internally Generated Monthly Income (IGR) N5bn that the government celebrates is generated through the hard work of Kaduna civil service workers whose only reward unfortunately seems to be a massive dismissal. , arbitrary / inconsistent wages most often fluctuate from month to month, making it difficult for workers to plan in the face of spiraling inflation. Suffice it to say that the human person is the most important creature of Almighty God and that any government policy, no matter how altruistic, which is not aimed at improving the well-being of the human person cannot be regarded as laudable and this is where the social responsibility function of government lies. “
The statement said that any increase in IGR without a corresponding and remarkable improvement in the well-being of workers and the generality of citizens is meaningless and cannot be celebrated by a wide range of people.
The workers noted that it is worrying that the current state leadership views development directly from the capitalist point of view in relation to such crucial indices as the development of human capital, human rights and the primacy of the world. right, noting that for development to be meaningful, it must be balanced and healthy, both for the development of human capital and for the growth of infrastructure.
He noted that in a dramatic turn of events, the Kaduna State government, recently in a way that defies all rationality and logic, especially in the face of atrocious economic reality, issued a letter, which was signed by the Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to the Governor and sent to the Head of the Kaduna State Service, apparently in preparation for another round of massive layoffs in the Kaduna State civil service.
In the letter, the SPP requested the full list of personnel of all MDAS as categorized officers 50 years and over – Mandatory retirement, as well as officers of GL / 14 and above, even if they are under 50 years old – Compulsory retirement and all categories of managers on GL 01 -06 – Conversion to occasional.
The letter also stated that no local government should have more than 50 staff.