Strike: El-Rufai fires Kaduna nurses below level 14

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, Nasir El-Rufai, has sacked all nurses below grade level 14 in the state for embarking on strike in solidarity with the Nigeria Labour Congress.

The directed the of in the state to immediately advertise vacancies for the replacement of the dismissed nurses.

has been grounded in the last 48 hours as aviation workers, bank workers, rail workers, electricity workers, workers, teachers, amongst others, down tools in protest against the alleged of the El-Rufai-led government and the mass sacking of over 60,000 .

However, the in a statement on Tuesday titled, ‘KDSG not tolerate criminal acts disguised as industrial action’, described the action of the NLC as a “campaign of economic and social sabotage and lawlessness”.

In the statement signed by the governor’s Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, El-Rufai warned any worker not found in his or her place of assignment would be dismissed.

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It partly read, “KDSG ( Government) acknowledges doctors and some categories of workers are trying to run public facilities, but regrets some nurses have joined the unlawful strike and engaged in sabotage of some of our facilities. Nurses were implicated in the forceful discharge of patients in many health facilities.

“Reports from Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital disclosed that some identified nurses disconnected the oxygen supply of a two-day old baby in an incubator on Monday, 17th 2021. The names of the three nurses from the Baby Care Unit who were involved in this despicable act have been forwarded to the of Justice to initiate prosecution for attempted murder or murder in the event we lose the baby.”

The statement added, “The of Health dismiss all nurses below GL 14 for going on an unlawful strike. Salaries that could have gone to them are to be given as extraordinary occupational allowances to the health workers who are at duty posts to fill the gap of those absconding from duty. The of Health has been directed to advertise vacancies for the immediate recruitment of nurses to replace those dismissed.

“Any academic staff of KASU (Kaduna State ) that does not report for work be dismissed. The authorities of KASU are to submit a copy of the attendance register for all categories of staff daily to the Secretary to the State Governemnt and the Commissioner of Education.

“All MDAs are also to submit daily copies of attendance register to the Head of Service.”