- Reactions continue to trail the mass sack of government workers in Kaduna state
- The Peering Advocacy and Advancement Centre in Africa says the action of the Kaduna state governor is insensitive
- The group advised the governor to apply human face and consider the predicaments of the workers in his state
The Peering Advocacy and Advancement Centre in Africa, PAACA, has called on the Kaduna governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, to immediately reverse his mass sack of workers in the state.
The group made the call in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, May 18 and signed by its executive director, Ezenwa Nwagwu.
According to the group, the action by the governor is insensitive at a time Nigeria is battling with harsh economic realities.
Part of the statement read:
“We hereby condemn the recent decision of the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, to abruptly sack an alarming 7,000 working staff of its state.
“An action we consider uncharitable, irrational, and insensitive, especially at a time when Nigerians in all states, are battling with harsh economic realities coupled with hunger, insecurity, unemployment, and poor governance.
“The state’s intention to cut back on expenses in other to meet its financial obligations to the good people of Kaduna is highly commendable, but to do that at the expense of the ordinary Nigerians whose income can only do so much for them and their families, can be considered cruel and therefore unacceptable.
“In other to save the state some cash, the government has failed to understand the devastative effect this decision could have on the lives of families heavily dependent on these sacked workers, the psychological trauma of being disengaged from what was meant to be a secured and pensionable job, and more so, at a time when the cost of living is at its peak and food crises is spiking.
“These dismissed workers do not even have the option of farming, for the fear of kidnappers and herders attack, which would have provided some relief for many.
“If the government is unable to boost employment or create job opportunities, at least, it should not take employment away from its people who are already burdened with the impact of insecurity.”
The group urged Governor El-Rufai to apply human face and consider the predicaments of the average Nigerians in his state.
PAACA further advised the governor to convene his think tanks to fashion out a better alternative for improving the earnings of the state and cutting back the unnecessary cost of governance in his domain, without threatening the already stretched Kaduna state workers.
Recall that on Monday, May 12, the tag 'Hell Rufai' was given to Governor El Rufai as labour unions paralysed economic activities in the northwest state.
'Hell Rufai' was also trending on social media as thousands of Nigerians in and outside Kaduna joined in the massive social media campaign against the governor.
Governor El-Rufai had on Monday, April 12 made known his administration's plan to disengage some public servants in the state for fiscal reasons.
This was contained in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Muyiwa Adekeye, and seen by Legit.ng.
The governor stated that the decision was painful but necessary to salvage the state’s finances.