Kaduna strike: Workers threaten to switch off national grid, says Ngige
Minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige has begged the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to call off the strike in Kaduna.
Recall that the NLC embarked on a five-day warning strike on Monday to protest the disengagement of 4,000 workers across the state.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna government had stated that the decision was taken because the huge wage bill was not sustainable for the state.
According to a statement issued on Tuesday by Charles Akpan, his spokesman, Ngige said he has received information that workers in the power sector want to trigger a nationwide blackout in solidarity with their colleagues in Kaduna state.
The labour minister however, appealed for calm and understanding on all sides.
“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.
Ngige, who said the federal government will wade into the matter, urged the workers to give room for dialogue.
“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,” the statement reads.
“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.”
He also appealed to all workers on essential duties not to join the strike.
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