- The federal government has offered a solution for the NLC/Kaduna government tension
- The Ministry of Labour and Employment suggested that peaceful dialogue is the only way out
- While the state government was urged to contain the situation the labour union has been advised to call off the strike
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At a time when things are almost getting out of hand over the tension between the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Kaduna state government, the federal government has intervened.
In a statement addressing the issue, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, called on the NLC and Governor Nasir El-Rufai to embrace peaceful dialogue, Channels TV reports.
The ministry admitted that what started as a state crisis has graduated into national mayhem already.
In specific terms, the ministry urged the Kaduna governor not to further escalate matters to uncontrollable proportions.
It also appealed to the labour union to call off the ongoing industrial action and allow discussion, TVC News reports.
The statement read in part:
"We hope and also pray the Kaduna state Governor not to escalate matters to such a level where it becomes uncontrollable. We also appeal to the leaders of the labour centres to step down the action to make way for discussion."
Earlier, the president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, had dared Governor El-Rufai to arrest him.
Wabba made the statement after the Kaduna governor declared him wanted for economic sabotage.
The NLC president told journalists that the protest was about workers in the state and not about him.
''Let him come and arrest me. It is not about me. We are here and waiting for them."
Ayuba led the second-day protest from NLC secretariat at Golf Course road to NEPA Roundabout on Ahmadu Bello Way through Independence Way to Muhammadu Buhari Way.
Meanwhile, Governor El-Rufai had taken what might be seen as a very harsh decision on protesting civil servants.
In a statement published via Facebook on Tuesday, May 18, the state government announced its resolve to immediately dismiss all civil servants who took part in what it referred to as an unlawful strike.