Strike: FG intervenes in Labour /Kaduna Govt. face-off

The Federal Government has waded into ongoing strike and picketing in Kaduna State organised labour.

The Minister Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige  said this in a statement by Mr Charles Akpan, Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress() had embarked on a five-day warning strike that commenced on over  sack 4000 workers Kaduna state government.

Ngige appealed to the Kaduna state Governor, Malam Nasir El ‘Rufai, President of the NLC, Mr Ayuba Wabba and the President of the , Mr Quadiri Olaleye to cease fire.

“We are not unaware of what is going on in Kaduna state . It is a labour issue which has snowballed into a national strike and picketing two labour and affiliate unions.

“We and also urge the Kaduna state governor not to escalate matters to such a level where it becomes uncontrollable.

”We also to  leaders of the labour to step down action to make way for discussion .

“My ministry is wading into the matter and therefore calls on the warring parties to give peace a chance,” he said.

The minister also appealed to all workers on essential duties, including doctors and nurses not to join the strike.

He added that, importantly, I to workers in critical sectors not to tamper electrical or water installations so as not to bring more sufferings to the people of Kaduna state and the at large.

“This is because it on good authority, following complaints by the Minster of Power that workers have threatened to trigger a nationwide blackout by interfering or switching off the national grid,” Ngige said.(NAN)