By: AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kaduna State chapter, said it sympathises with the organised labour over the sacking of about 50,000 workforce during the APC-led administration in the state.
“The Peoples Democratic Party sympathies with the organized labour where more than 50,000 of its workers have been sacked without payment of their gratuities and pensions,” Abraham Alberah Catoh, PDP state publicity secretary said
A statement issued by the party in the state commemorating workers day added, “We stand with you against these persecution and Injustice meted on you by the el-Rufai administration.
“Your hard work and resilience to make the system and economy work, against all odds, has not passed unnoticed, we salute your courage, even in the face of adversity.
The PDP has always and would always support a your aspirations, like it has always done in the past.
“During the PDP years in Kaduna State and Nigeria, we provided millions of employment opportunities through establishment of new ministries, departments and agencies that have direct bearing in the administration of the state and the nation.
“With the organised labour as the major beneficiary, the conomy enjoyed a lot of activities that brought back the middle class strata in our society, and became one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It suddenly disappeared within three years of APC maladministration.
“The PDP in Kaduna State re-instated over 1,000 workers that were sacked by the Col. Hamid Ali’s (Rtd) government and paid them their salary arrears in full. We also increased workers’ salaries, paid leave grants, gratuities and pensions till the last day of our regime.”
It noted that the APC government of Nasir El-Rufai has bastardized the civil service in the state by running the state and civil service as a personal property, thereby making the civil servants timid and uninterested in their jobs due to lack of motivation by the state government.
“Since the inception of this administration, the civil servant has passed through more than six screening exercises, where in one of such “screening exercises” several lives were lost at Zaria.
“It is curious that the APC is using the “lack of funds” for this avoidable exercise, when during the PDP administration, we were able to employ, pay salaries and allowances, gratuities and pensions and also embark on massive infrastructural developmental projects across the state.
“The PDP will reinstate all sacked workers, retain the existing ones and also employ more, if given the mandate in 2019.
“The APC promised to provide 4 million jobs annually to Nigerians during the 2015 electioneering campaigns but instead they are making Nigerians jobless without providing any as promised,” the statement explained.
The party called on all the organised labour to ensure that its members have their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVCs) ready to chase the APC government out of office, come 2019.
The party added, “We salute the courage of governors Late Abubakar Rimi, Balarabe Musa and Lateef Jakande for thinking it aright to set aside the May Day,1st May of every year in the ’80s.”