Protests won’t change our position on dismissed workers – Governor El-Rufa’i

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Eufai [Photo Credit: The Whistler]

Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i of Kaduna State says Thursday’s protests embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna State against the dismissal of thousands of workers will not change his government’s position on the matter.

Mr. El-Rufa’i stated this while responding to questions from State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock, Abuja, on Friday.

He dismissed the assertion that he employed the services of security agencies, particularly the police, to foil the protest march.

The NLC, led by its National Chairman, Ayuba Wabara, had on Thursday embarked on a protest march in spite of a heavy security presence.

The governor explained why the police was opposed to the protest.

“I think the concern of the police is because of the precarious situation in the country, particularly in Kaduna, made it unsuitable to have such protest,” Mr. El-Rufai said.

“So this is the concern, the concern is breakdown of law and order and not protest or strike.

“They are free to do so but it will not change our position,’’ he said.

He reiterated the state government’s pledge to pay all the entitlements of the affected staff, saying the government had set aside farmland for those interested in farming.

The governor said, “We have announced that in line with the public service rule, we will pay three months’ severance package and we have provided incentives for those that are retiring to go through the retirement training.

“Those that are interested in farming, we have the reserved land available and for those that want to go into trade, we have micro credit to support them.

“But they are not suitable as teachers, they can do other things and the government will do other things to support them.’’


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  • Maitama Tambari

    Governor El-Rufai, we are behind you because the cause of engaging these illiterates teachers are NUT and NLC who are protesting against their incompetence in engaging unqualified teachers in their membership. We voted you to correct the wrongs in the public service in Kaduna State.

    • Otile

      You are a praise singer. yeah you are behind him to share the money he is saving from the sacked teacher’s salaries. Have you said anything about replacing the teachers? Sack them first after the election you start thinking about their replacement. Imam Olodo

  • KELLOGGS

    Everything about this guy is high drama.

  • Dan maikoko

    I always advocate that govt should not sack workers except in cases where the worker cannot be salvaged. Some workers can have transfer of cadre, others should be employed in farms when it comes to the worst. Thank God Nasir El-Rufai is listening, let these so called teachers go and farm. It is heart wrenching to see brilliant graduates roaming the streets while well connected political thugs are masquerading as teachers. It takes courage to carry on with these reforms and El-Rufai deserves a lot of encouragement from well meaning Nigerians.

  • Otile

    Alhaji Nasir El-Rufai is going it the wrong way. These teachers were duly employed after painstaking process of checking their credentials. You cannot arbitrarily dismiss them en mass under the pretext that they are unintelligent teachers. The real reason Nasir is sacking these thousands of hardworking teachers is to save money for his re-election. The devil is a lair.

  • Pluti

    I like this stand, the dishonesty and insincerity of NLc chairman Ayuba Wabara, is the reason for decay within the labor union. They are married to corruption