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Kaduna, NLC lock horns as strike looms

State Commissioner for Local government and Chieftency Affair, Alhaji Jafaru Sani

Kaduna State government says it will not allow the planned strike by the Nigerian labour congress to cripple socio economic development, and has notified security agencies to take necessary steps to thwart what it called, “violent intent of the organisers”.

The State Commissioner for Local government and Chieftency Affair, Alhaji Jafaru Sani at press briefing on Saturday and the government would not be blackmail by, “the criminal to attack and shutdown power Transmission station, Hospitals, government offices, water works and street lights”.

According to him, some unionists plan to recruit hoodlums, including from other states, to destroy facilities and create mayhem.

Alhaji Jafaru also said, the ban on public procession was still in force as government would not allow people to violate Covid 19 protocol.

‘’This was imposed precisely because of the violence that has frequently broken out from such processions even when they began with innocent intent,’’ he added.

Alhaji Jafaru Sani also vowed that, the state government would protect its facilities and the right of its staff to access and work in their offices, stressing that, it is unlawful for anyone to deny them access or exit.

He said Government offices are not the property of any trade unionist and none of them should entertain thoughts of locking up or vandalizing any facility.

The commissioner reiterated that government would not devote most public funds to paying government workers, saying the government would not continue to ‘spending 84% to 96% of its FAAC receipts on salaries and personnel costs as has been the experience of the state since October 2020.

AMINU DALHATU

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