Kaduna State Government has described the protest as illegal and an unlawful trespass on government facilities.
It said in a statement by El-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, that labour’s action reinforced its resolve and commitment to using all its resources to serve the interests of the majority.
The government stated that the conditions that compelled its decision to right-size had not been altered by NLC’ campaign of economic and social sabotage.
The statement reads in part: “Government’s resolve is only reinforced by the desperate actions undertaken by the NLC to unlawful trespass on government facilities, and prevent officers from signing attendance registers.
“Despite these actions, the state government has guaranteed access to the state secretariat and other government offices.
“The government intends to continue running its operations in service to the people, despite the futile efforts of the NLC to impede it. Accordingly, all officers from GL 14 upwards are expected at their duty posts as usual.’’
It however, lamented that ‘’general hospitals in Kawo, Tudun-Wada, Kafanchan, Giwa, Rigasa, Kakuri, and Sabon Tasha were illegally locked by the NLC.
“They also shut rural hospitals and primary health centre in Kwoi, Turunku and other locations across the state,’’ the government lamented.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) said in a statement by its Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, advised labour to note that the mass retrenchment was not meant to witch hunt any worker but intended to ensure a more productive workforce.
It added: “The NGF calls for cautious introspection on the part of labour as no meaningful progress of any kind has ever been achieved in an atmosphere of conflict and chaos.
“The NGF wishes to remind the NLC that its actions could become counter-productive especially as the last year 2020, had adversely affected workers socially and economically.
“Therefore the NGF advises the NLC to explore the already open avenue of rapprochement that the Kaduna State Government has provided to resolve the matter and join the state to evolve a convivial working environment that is befitting for all.
“The NGF also calls on the NLC to be open-minded towards the altruistic intention of the staff audit that the Kaduna State is embarking upon to sanitise the state’s workforce and make it more productive.
“This should not be seen as a witch-hunt or an attempt to unnecessarily downsize the civil service.
“As we all know, all states are at present going through difficult times and the most feasible option will be for each State to device its own response to its unique challenges without undermining the rights of individuals to seek redress.”