- Kaduna residents can now heave a sigh of relief following the suspension of the strike in the state
- Ayuba Wabba, the president of the NLC explained that the FG had waded into the row between the union and the Kaduna state government
- A mediatory meeting organised by the FG is scheduled to hold on Thursday, May 20
The Nigeria Labour Congress has suspended its five-day warning strike in Kaduna state, Channels TV reported.
Announcing the suspension on Wednesday, May 19, the president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, said the decision is to honour the invitation of the federal government on Thursday, May 20. The Nation also reported.
Legit.ng gathers that FG had invited the labour leaders and the Kaduna state government to mediate in their dispute which has brought the northwestern state to a standstill.
Labour unions had embarked on the warning strike against the administration of Governor Nasir El-Rufai over the mass sack of workers.
Govenor El-Rufai, however, dared the labour leaders, saying their action would not make him change his stance on the sacked workers.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state governor had earlier vowed that Comrade Wabba and other labour leaders will be dealt with.
El-Rufai made the statement on Wednesday, May 19, during the 23rd Annual Tax Conference in Kaduna. He said by the time his government is done with them, Wabba and other NLC leaders will never return to Kaduna state.
He described the labour leaders as criminals, adding that their actions which prevented businesses like banks, petrol stations and others from opening are illegal.
In another related report, some thugs armed with dangerous weapons allegedly invaded the premises of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) secretariat in Kaduna state on Wednesday.
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The thugs numbering about 100 stormed the facility in an attempt to disrupt the protest by workers in the state.
However, the police detachment in the state displaced the hoodlums from the secretariat. The spokesperson for the Kaduna police command, Muhammad Jalige, said about 20 of the thugs were arrested.