El-Rufai adamant, says NLC strike “unlawful, economic sabotage”, calls on residents to stay calm

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The Kaduna State Government has described the warning strike by NLC in the state which has grounded socio-economic activities as campaign of economic and social sabotage. It said that the conditions that compelled its decision to rightsize have not been altered by the NLC’s action.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adeleke, he said the Kaduna State Government remains firmly committed to using all the resources it can generate to serve the interests of the majority of its citizens, putting the many ahead of the few.

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“The unlawful actions and reckless statements that define the NLC’s assault on the rights of the people of Kaduna State, are a needless exercise in futility,” he said.

The Kaduna State Government also said despite the trespasses of the Labour Union on government’s facilities when it commenced the industrial action yesterday, the state government has guaranteed access to the State Secretariat and other government offices.

The State Executive Council also held its regular weekly meeting yesterday discuss policy matters germane to the progress of the state and the welfare of its people.

“In addition to shutting down electricity, the NLC has also shut healthcare access for several of our citizens. They have closed several hospitals and chased away the patients. General hospitals in Kawo, Tudun-Wada, Kafanchan, Giwa, Rigasa, Kakuri and Sabon Tasha were illegally locked. They also shut rural hospitals and primary health centres in Kwoi, Turunku and other locations across the state. Preventing patients from receiving treatment in public health facilities certainly does not qualify as a pro-people action.”

“The State Government is documenting all these violations of the Miscellaneous Offences Act and the Trade Union Act,” he said.

The government who said it shares the pains of the Kaduna people amidst the grounding of essential services in the state appeals to all residents to remain calm and vigilant.

“The resort to coercion and the imposition of restraints on the personal freedom and comfort of citizens confirm that this is a campaign of sabotage, not an industrial action,” he stressed.

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