- Reactions continue to trail the mass sack of government workers in Kaduna state
- The Progressive Governors's Forum has called for a truce and advised both parties to engage in peaceful negotiation
- The APC governors noted that despite disagreements, there cannot be limits to engagement between all governments and citizens
Elected governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday, May 18 called for an amicable resolution of the ongoing face-off between the Kaduna state government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the right sizing of local government staff in the state.
The governors under the platform of Progressive Governors's Forum (PGF) in a statement issued by its chairman, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and seen by Legit.ng, called for a truce and advised both parties to engage in peaceful negotiation.
The PGF expressed concerns over the attendant effects of the face-off, stressing that many Nigerians are already overstretched with many challenges, hence the need for the two sides to return to dialogue.
Appealing for more understanding, Bagudu noted that the challenges been faced by states, especially with the dwindling revenue, required all patriotic Nigerians, including the NLC, to demonstrate more commitment toward engaging governments at all levels to address the problems.
Part of the statement read:
“At this critical point of our democratic journey, there cannot be limits to engagement between all governments and citizens.
“Every step must be therefore taken to resolve the current face-off between Kaduna state government and the NLC. We appeal to both the state government and NLC to return to the negotiating table.
“In particular, we want to appeal to the NLC leadership to recognise that the burden of leadership at this point is more about responding to challenges based on the honest disposition of correcting past mistakes.”
Recall that 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.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the previous decision of the El-Rufai administration to disengage 4000 workers across the 23 local government areas of Kaduna sparked outrage across the state.
Opposition parties, labour unions, and some residents condemned the action of the government, describing it as cruel and insensitive.