Strike: Cease fire, Ngige tells NLC, TUC, El-Rufai

Chris Ngige

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

Minister of labour and employment Chris Ngige said this in a statement signed by a spokesman for the ministry Charles Akpan on Tuesday.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress(TUC) had embarked on a five-day warning strike that commenced on Monday over the sack of thousands of workers by the Kaduna State Government.

Ngige appealed to Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, NLC president Ayuba Wabba and TUC president Quadiri Olaleye to immediately 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 by the two labour centres and affiliate unions,” Ngige said in the statement.

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

”We also appeal to leaders of the labour centres 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.”

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

He also appealed to workers in critical sectors not to tamper with electrical or water installations so as not to bring more sufferings to the people of Kaduna and the nation at large.

“This is because we have 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.