Blame Gov El-Rufai For Killings, Banditry In Kaduna State – NLC, Oshiomhole
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said Governor Nasir el-Rufai should be blamed for the worrying cases of kidnappings, banditry, and all forms of insecurity in Kaduna state.
In holding the governor accountable, NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and Comrade Oshiomhole declared that his (el-Rufai) actions and inaction are largely responsible for the mounting insecurity in the North West state.
Both speakers took the swipe at Governor el-Rufai during the 2nd Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) National Peace and Security Summit held in Abuja on Thursday.
According to them, there are strong connections between rising criminality and the activities of the Governor, whom they accused of dismissing over 29,000 workers in the state from year 2016 till date.
Firing the first salvo at the governor, NLC President, Comrade Wabba said political leaders at all levels must be ready to take full responsibility for their actions while in office
Comrade Wabba maintained that there is always a nexus between the actions of leaders and happenings within the polity, noting that most times the consequences usually become quite devastating on the society.
“There is a nexus between throwing workers out of their jobs and the resultant increase in unemployment and the rising wave of insecurity. The present high state of insecurity in Kaduna State has a lot to do with the penchant by the state government for throwing workers out of jobs.
“As we speak, from 2016 to date, over 29,000 workers have been thrown out of their jobs in Kaduna State.
“Also tuition fees in Kaduna State have been increased by 100 per cent. What this means is that many children of the poor workers will not be able to attend good schools while the children of the rich are sent to study outside the country.
“The implication is that these children, who dropped out of school, will now be used by bad elements to perpetuate insecurity in the country.”
The Labour leader therefore urged the Kaduna State government to urgently overturn its earlier decision, warning that the Organised Labour has already put in motion plans for a five-day withdrawal of services protest in Kaduna State to drive home its position in support of the sacked workers.
“All services, in all sectors, including, banks, railway, air transport and Civil Service will be withdrawn completely in the first instance and where he does not show remorse and does not want to be called to order, Nigerian workers will follow up to withdraw their services nationwide,” Comrade Wabba warned
Tackling the Kaduna state government in the same light, immediate past APC National Chairman, Comrade Oshiomhole also alleged that the over 35,000 workers sacked by Governor el-Rufai’s administration have played a key role in worsening the current security challenges in Kaduna state.
He said children abandoned by the society have now grown up and turned against the same society for turning its back on them, adding that those that have been retrenched and are left without any means of livelihood may have also been forced into crime and criminality.
Hear him; “Who are the bandits? I suspect that those 35,000 workers in Kaduna city whose livelihoods have been taken, what are they doing? What will their children and grandchildren be doing now? It is common sense to know that an idle mind is a devil’s workshop.
“I suspect that those Nigerians that we abandoned and not provided for them, as you can call the malmajiri or beggars, have all grown up. “When you talk about unemployment,the biggest problem is having the biggest population of unemployed because they never had an opportunity of being taught by a qualified teacher.”
He stated that security should not only be looked at from the aspect of what the military and police can do to restore peace, rather it should also be tackled from the issue of security of wages and jobs.
Comrade Oshiomhole also had unkind words for his former colleagues that have so far refused to pay the N30,000 national minimum wage even when the law has so prescribed the amount
He said it is quite worrying that some governors, for reasons best known to them, have continued to insist that the agreed amount cannot be paid, cautioning that; “When they deny workers such payment, can there be peace?”
The former Edo State governor, who once held sway as the NLC President, also said; “I agree with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that the condition for national peace and security does not necessarily need many bullets but decent jobs”.
Comrade Oshiomhole further argued that; “when you are in an environment where jobs are being killed, jobs that do not exist cannot even be decent.”