As the warning strike of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna state entered the second day, the Progressive Governor’s Forum, has waded into the NLC and Kaduna state government faceup which was necessitated by the sacking of over 31,000 workers in the state.
The forum noted that with all the challenges facing all states of the federation, especially the dwindling revenue, there was a need for NLC and the Kaduna state government to return to the negotiating table in the interest of the masses.
The forum also call on the NLC to demonstrate more commitment toward engaging governments at all levels to address problems, adding that this is not the time for muscle flexing.
This was contained in a disclosure signed by the Chairman of the forum and governor of Kebbi state, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, where he stated that Nigerians are already overstretched with many challenges.
In the statement, Bagudu also said, “at this critical point of our democratic journey, there cannot be limits to engagement between all governments and citizens. Every step must be therefore taken to resolve the current faceup between Kaduna State Government and NLC.
” We appeal to both the State Government and NLC to return to the negotiating table. In particular, we want to appeal to the NLC leadership to recognise that the burden of leadership at this point is more about responding to challenges based on the honest disposition of correcting past mistakes.
“As Progressive Governors, we share the vision of Kaduna State Government of reforming all our Local Governments to make them more efficient and consequently the pivot of critical development initiatives. At the same time, we want to appeal to Kaduna State Government under the leadership of our colleague, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to take all the necessary step to ensure the resolution all disagreements in the larger interest of citizens in Kaduna State.
“We are confident that both Kaduna State Government and NLC will resolve all outstanding issues and restore industrial harmony in Kaduna State.”
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