No Going Back On Workers’ Dismissal – El-Rufai
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, insisted on Friday that there is no going back on the sack of teachers and other workers in the state.
He said it took the government over one and a half years before taking the decision, hence there was no going back.
He spoke with State House correspondents after seven Northern governors met with President Muhammadu Buhari after the Friday Juma’at service at the State House Mosque, Abuja.
The governors who met President Buhari behind closed-door were – Abubakar Bello (Niger), Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Jibrilla Bindo (Adamawa) and Simeon Lalong (Plateau).
He said there was no truth in media reports that he ordered policemen to stop the protest organised by workers over the sacking, saying he was not even in the state as of the time the protest held.
The governor said, “I did not direct the police to stop the workers. I was not even in Kaduna.
“For me, the right to protest is guaranteed in the constitution, provided you don’t go violent and you don’t violate any laws.
“I think the concerns of the police is because of the precarious situation in the country particularly in Kaduna which made it unsuitable to have such protest.
“The last time they did such a thing, they attacked the State House of Assembly, a legislator for which they have filed criminal charges.
“So this is the concern, the concern is for possible break down of law and order and not protest or strike. They are free to do so but it will not change our position.
“There is nothing to step back on. It is a well thought out position. We took one and half years before we made the decision and we will not change it.”
“We have announced that in line with the public service rule, we will pay three- month severance pay and we have provided incentives for those that are retiring to go through the retirement training.
“Those that are interested in farming we have the reserve land available and for those that want to go into trade, we have micro credit to support them. But if they are not suitable as teachers they can do other things and the government will do other things to support them.”