By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
While sympathizing with the victims of the recent sacking of workers and their families, Gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections in Kaduna State, Right Honourable Isa Mohammed Ashiru, (Sarkin Bai of Zazzau) has called on the Kaduna State Government to initiate a process for the immediate payment of the full benefits of all those already affected by its action.
He expressed this in a statement he personally signed, warning that any further delay in this regard can be justifiably interpreted as a deliberate attempt to inflict more pains on them.
“The payment of the entitlements should be a priority of the dtate government so that the sufferings of a lot of families can be alleviated,” he said.
Ashiru said that the people of Kaduna State and all other Nigerians are witnesses to the on-going sack of workers by the administration in the state under Malam Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i.
“It must have, by now, been clear to everyone that the disengagement of workers has almost become a policy of the Kaduna State Government since the All Progressives Congress (APC) assumed power in the state in 2015 as a result of which several thousands of the staff of the state and the 23 local government areas have been laid off.
“If the number of the victims of the retrenchment policy is added to the number of people whose businesses have been destroyed, it can easily be seen that the total number of those people who have been denied means of livelihood is frightening.
“As it is now, the victims of the actions of the state government in both the formal and the informal sectors, a lot of whom are experienced civil servants, skilled artisans and entrepreneurs have already turned into scavengers,” he stressed.
He further said that it is particularly shocking that rather than the APC-led Kaduna State Government to utilize the well-established Civil Service Sector in the state for the delivery of essential services to the people, it has unfortunately chosen to adopt an approach that continuously cripples it.
He added, “This particular attitude which has now rendered Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as local government areas weak and ineffective, is a clear indication of the low understanding and appreciation of the critical contribution of this vital sector to the growth and development of the state. “Moreover, both the timing and the scope of the series of retrenchment of the workers are testimonies to the fact that the current administration in Kaduna State is insensitive to the prevailing harsh living conditions of the people which clearly is the product of its own policies.”
Ashiru argued that a reasonably sensitive government would have weighed the implication of such an action, especially at this time of heightened insecurity and extreme poverty.