Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday said no official of the State will go to Abuja for any meeting to negotiate with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
In a press statement issued by the Special Adviser to the governor on Media & Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye said the government will not attend any meeting due to power outage in the state.
As a result of this, the governor stated that the Kaduna State government is yet to see evidence that the NLC is backing off from its campaign of economic and social sabotage against the people of the State.
He also held the Federal Government responsible for its inability to assert its ownership rights over TCN, noting that, no electricity, no meeting.
The Kaduna State chapter of the NLC on Wednesday night suspended the ongoing warning strike as a result of the intervention of federal government to resolve the matter with the hope to have a meeting with the two parties on Thursday.
The statement partly read: “Electric power is yet to be restored, after it was shutdown at dawn on Sunday, 16th May 2021, in brazen violation of the laws protecting essential services and infrastructure. That action removed any basis for state government officials to meet the NLC last Sunday. Denying our people electricity about 18 hours to the advertised commencement of their organised sabotage was akin to putting a gun on the government’s head. Government has a lawful duty not to indulge blackmail.
“Restoring electricity is vital to relieving some of the pain that needless acts of lawlessness have inflicted on our people. The unimpeded provision of essential services is vital to civilised order. Those who have disrupted it should promptly reverse themselves, not expect that it will be a matter for negotiation, much less being viewed as a precondition. KDSG will not participate in such a negotiation or countenance one whilst our people are still being denied their right to electricity.”