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NGF calls for calm as NLC strike grounds Kaduna to a halt

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Monday appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to exercise calm and restraint in its engagement with the Kaduna State Government over the crippling strike in the state.

Economic activities in the state have been paralysed following the strike as labour and Governor Nasir el-Rufai face off.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, urged the NLC to explore the already open avenue of rapprochement provided by Kaduna State government to resolve the matter.

Dr Fayemi said NLC actions can become counter-productive, especially as the last year 2020 has adversely affected workers socially and economically.

He urged NLC to join the State to evolve a convivial working environment that would be befitting for all.

The NGF further called on NLC to be open-minded toward the altruistic intention of the staff audit 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,” Fayemi added.

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