Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai yesterday added to the number of workers being sacked in the state by disengaging all Nurses below Grade Level 14 for joining the warning strike in the state.
Special Adviser on Media and Communication to El-rufai, Muyiwa Adekeye, who revealed this in statement did not avail the number of the affected Nurses.
The governor who maintained on Sunday that no amount of threat by the NLC can reverse his decision has again reiterated that he would not make a U-turn on his decision, said he had ordered an advertisement for applicants that will replace the nurses.
He hinted that three nurses at the Barau Teaching Hospital, who allegedly disconnected oxygen supply to a two-day-old in an incubator on Monday would be prosecuted.
The governor who likened the action of NLC to banditry also threatened that any academic staff of Kaduna State University that does not report for work will be dismissed. Meanwhile, ASUU, in a statement issued on Monday by its Chairman, Dr Peter Adamu has directed its members to join the labour strike.
The statement reads in part: “KDSG will not tolerate criminal acts disguised as industrial action.
“Also, KDSG cannot ignore the illegal pressures brought to disrupt the operations of banks and other private business whose staff and customers do not have any industrial dispute with the state or any other government.
“KDSG regrets that some nurses have joined the unlawful strike and engaged in the sabotage of some of our health facilities. Nurses were implicated in the frocible discharge of patients in many health facilities.
“The Ministry of Health will dismiss all nurses below Grade Level 14 for going on an unlawful strike. Salaries that could have gone to them are to be given as extraordinary occupational allowances to the health workers who are at their duty posts to fill the gap of those absconding from duty.
“Any academic staff of KASU that does not report for work will be dismissed.
“KDSG views the actions of the NLC as equivalent to the actions of the bandits kidnapping and menacing our citizens.
“Bandits illegally use arms, but the NLC is deploying mob action for exactly the same ends: trying to hold hostage the freedoms, economic interests, livelihoods and resources of the people of Kaduna State. It is a vain expectation that this government will respond differently to sets of unlawful actions that have the same ends.”
Nigerian Labour Congress on Sunday declared a five-day warning strike to get the El-Rufai government to reverse the mass retrenchment and prevent its planned further dismissal of 11, 000 more civil servants.