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Labour/ KDSG Face-off: Northern Governors Calls for Dialogue

By Nelson Ushafa

Governors under the auspices of the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) , have appealed to the Kaduna State Government and the leaders of the organised labour to embrace dialogue in order to end the ongoing strike action in Kaduna State.

The appeal from the NGF is coming after activities in State have been crippled due to the ongoing warning strike embarked upon by the organised labour, as a show of solidarity to the over 7,000 workers recently sacked by the Kaduna State government under the leadership of governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai.

Chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong in a statement said the Forum is concerned about the impact of the strike on the State and its citizens.

According to a statement by the governor’s Director of Press & Public Affairs, Makut Simon Macham, governor Lalong while calling for dialogue and negotiations which according to him is a long standing dispute mechanism in labour relations, also called for restraint and de-escalation of the situation to enable for amicable settlement of the issues in question.

According to the governor, resolution in the matter can only be achieved if ”both parties operate within the law and approved conventions in ventilating their grievances as well as avoid making comments or taking actions that will further exacerbate the situation thereby heightening tension.”

The governor on behalf of the Northern Governors Forum asked the labour leaders to guard against the hijack of its protests by hoodlums who may want to take advantage of the situation and cause destruction to lives and properties.

The forum urged security agencies to also be up and doing to ensure that law and order prevails so as to protect innocent citizens from harm.

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