…Says, “It’s illegal, unlawful.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Kaduna State chapter, has condemned the mass sack and retirement of scores of Local Government and Primary Health Centres’ staffs by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, describing it as illegal.
“The Kaduna State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) vehemently condemned the illegal mass sack/retirement of the 2,118 Local Government staffs and yet another over 1,600 staffs of the Primary Health Centres, by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State,” it stated.
According to PDP, the action of the governor is outrightly unlawful, callous and smacks of the insensitivity of the APC government to the plight of the good people of the state.
The party made the assertions in the statement issued on Saturday in Kaduna and signed by its spokesman, Mr Abraham Alberah Catoh.
The release noted that, “It is disheartening that a government, which asserts itself as a ‘believer of the rule of law,’ however, never hesitates to break the same law in pursuit of its unscrupulous policies, based on their whims and caprices.
“Decisions of this nature by the El-Rufai administration since assumption of office, has been responsible for the heightened insecurity and poverty, which has become so pervasive in the State, to the extent that the slogan, ‘Centre of Learning,’ which Kaduna State is known for, is now referred to as the “Kidnapping hub of the Nation.” ”
“This, and several other actions of the governor leaves all and sundry without any iota of doubt, that, indeed the El-Rufai/APC-led government, just as it is at the federal level, lacks human face and is a conglomeration of family and friends that lack empathy and compassion in governance,” it stated.
According to PDP, “Any administration that thrives on cruel policies and programmes is obviously anti-people and merciless, which negates the objective of good governance.
“Going down memory lane, it is on record that Kaduna State has recorded the most unprecedented highest number of, not only, retrenched or dismissed workers, but sadly too, whose benefits and gratuities have been denied for years.
“It clearly leaves no one in doubt that the governance style of Nasir El-Rufai-led APC government is more about fostering physical, psychological and emotional hardship on the citizenry.
“With an empirical record of over 100,000 unlawfully retired or summarily dismissed workers as at today, and still counting, multiplied by an average of 10 dependants per household, so affected by El-Rufai’s actions; thus, summing up to cover about a million people.
“This, coupled with the demolition of houses and small businesses owned by the down-trodden masses, has caused so much havoc to the small and medium-scale enterprises to the point that one can conclusively say that the government doesn’t want their presence in the State; rather, it wants to foist a capitalist-driven economy on the citizenry, further making life unbearable and brutish for the common man.
“The impact of the insecurity in the State, apart from denying the largely agrarian population from accessing their farmlands as well as fear of being kidnapped, which in the past used to largely be in the villages and outskirts, however, is far becoming a common everyday occurrence, even within the city centres.
“It is even more worrisome that the lackadaisical attitude of the governor of the State in not showing empathy to the families affected by the various acts of kidnapping, banditry and even those, who suffer fatalities, leaves much to be desired.
“The grandstanding attitude of the governor and his officials/aides gives them away that they did not really earn the votes of the people; otherwise, the citizens of Kaduna State will not have been treated with so much disdain.
“It has now become a norm in the state that workers’ salaries are inconsistent and fluctuates on a monthly basis; same, too, with even the payment of their salaries.
“As at today, the civil servants in the State don’t know their monthly net take home pay. The average civil servant in Kaduna State does not enjoy security of his contracted tenure as scheduled in the Civil Service Rules.
“Welfare of the citizenry, most especially workers, who toil day-and-night to ensure the smooth running of government and generality of the people should, ordinarily always be of paramount importance in the scheme of things.
“In sane climes, unemployed citizens are given monthly stipends to keep them going, so as to prevent social insecurity.
“The State Government, under El-Rufai, claimed to have increased the internally-generated revenue to over #5 billion monthly. If this is true, it wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and commitment of these civil servants.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has broken the Guinness Book of World
Records, as the governor or leader that sacked over 22,000 workers in one full swoop! Sadly, these workers – sacked since 2016 – have not been paid their entitlements.
“The historic negative record of Governor El-Rufai is not only in clear violation of the fundamental human rights of those so affected, but also clear disregard to the extant Kaduna State Civil Service Rules, provisions and procedures, stated thereto, in the Conditions of Service as it relates to appointments of persons into the State
Civil Service, and also contravenes Section 210 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, which guarantees pension and gratuities rights of the retirees and also without any fair hearing to the sacked workers, who were issued their dismissal/retirement letters, starting from Tuesday, 6th April, 2021.
“The PDP calls for a reversal of this mass and unethical sack of all those so affected, and payment of their entitlements by the Kaduna State Government,” it stated.