Workers Sack Will Lead To Massive Increase In Crime Rates, Group Tells el-Rufai

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By; MOHAMMED IBRAHIM, Kaduna
Group under the auspices of Maina Zazzau Communications  Committee at the weekend said the ongoing massive workers sack by the Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led Kaduna State Government will lead to increase in crime rate across the 23 local government areas of the state.
According to the group,  the action  by the government will equally bring about poverty and hunger among the citizens of the state.
The group expressed this in a statement signed by its secretary, Ibrahim Adamu Zango and made available to newsmen in the state in reaction to the continued workers laid off by the el-Rufai’s administration.
” This move is not only insensitive to the extreme economic headship plaguing the citizens but antithetical to the stated policy of the ruling party to generate employment opportunities to the teeming unemployed.
“It’s a scheme set to undo the minimal gains recorded by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Npower project and the economic diversification programme of his administration, ” he  said.
The group further said that if the ultimate objective of the state government is massive reduction of workforce across ministries, departments and agencies, there were better ways to go about it.
“We stand in complete opposition to the anti -workers policies of governor Nasir el-Rufai that are deepening poverty and deprivations as well as circumscribing the fundamental rights of the people, particularly workers in the state.
“The basic minimum is that the principle of collective bargaining in Labour relations as enshrined in our national Labour laws and conventions of the International Labour Organization must be followed ,” he said.
The group also advised the governor to put in place measures to cushion the serious social consequences of adding 30,000 workers and their families to the number of unemployed people in Kaduna State at a period crime rate is growing at a frightening speed.
It would be recalled that the government plans to lay off about 30,000 teachers including locals government workers across the state.

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