Kaduna Protest: AFC Speaks on Way Forward

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Kaduna Protest: AFC Speaks on Way Forward
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The Arewa Consultative Forum, AFC, has weighed in on the dispute between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Kaduna State Government, asking both parties to amicably come to terms.

The AFC in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, said the strike action by the NLC has grounded activities in the state.

The group urged the Kaduna State Government to afford the workers marked for disengagement more time to acquire new skills before they are laid off.

Yawe said, “For two days now the activities of the Kaduna state government have been crippled by a strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress.

“Hospitals, electricity/water services, the airport, the road/rail transport and many other services in the state have been crippled.

“The National President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba said there is no going back on the strike until the government follows the law in dealing with workers in the state. Labour is particularly angry with the state government over the massive lay-off of civil servants in the state.

“The ACF advises the Kaduna state government to reconsider its decision particularly on downsizing the workforce in the state’s services. We suggest that as a way out, maybe those earlier marked for lay-off should be given some more time to make sure they acquire new and/or additional skills.

The ACF also urged the NCL to reconsider its stand given the grave impact of the strike on the common man.

The statement added, “Their displeasure and point against the Kaduna state government have gone on record. Nigeria is already faced with so many problems that a strike action that has crippled the strategically located town of Kaduna for days running will only make things worse for the ordinary man.”

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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