The National Labour Congress on Wednesday suspended its 5-day strike action in Kaduna. This was made known by the National President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba at a press briefing. According to him, the decision to suspend the strike was due to the federal government weighing in on the issue. In his words, suspension of the strike “is to honour the invitation of the Federal Government to mediate in the dispute between labour and the Kaduna State Government”
The NLC embarked on a state-wide strike in Kaduna on Monday, in which a protest took place in the state for three days due to the sack of over 7,000 Local Government Workers by the State Government, but has now decided to suspend it in order to honour federal government’s call for a truce. The meeting between both parties involved have been scheduled to hold on Thursday at the Ministry of Labor and Employment, Abuja as revealed by the Minister, Senator Chris Ngige while speaking on the recent duel between the NLC and the state government.
Further addressing the situation, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed stated that,
“The federal government is not folding its arms and already the Minister of Labour and Employment has waded in and is in touch with both the government of Kaduna state and also the labour. In addition, the security apparatus all over the country have also taken pre-emptive measures to ensure that hoodlums don’t take advantage of this situation.
“In particular, I know that the police have reinforced its patrol between Kaduna and Abuja so that we do not witness kidnappers taking advantage of the situation. Overall, I think the federal government is quite concerned and is doing its best to see how the two parties can resolve their misunderstandings amicably, with little loss to productivity, little loss to properties.
“At the end of the day, all the parties have to come back to the drawing table to agree and hammer out concessions and agreements.”
However, the Kaduna State Government has maintained its stance on right-sizing the state’s civil service.
With the suspension of the strike by labour, economic activities are expected to resume in the state.