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El -Rufai To Health Workers: 'Embark On Strike And Lose Your Job'

By Tunde Olorungbotemi

Governor Nasir El -Rufai's government of Kaduna State, has threatened to sack any health worker who fails to show up at their assigned places of work, saying the government would view such action by health workers as having forfeited their employment.

Daily Trust reports that the state government, in response to a strike notice by health workers over the state’s deductions of 25% from the salaries of all civil servants, said it would not bend to blackmail and instructed that every health worker willing to work is required to sign the register at the ministry of health and the health institutions to which they are deployed.

The union, in a communique issued within the week, warned of strike action should the state government fail to meet its demands.

In a statement issued by the special adviser to the Governor Nasir El-Rufai on media and communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, announced that the state government would not bow to what it described as “naked blackmail.”

It directed the ministry of health to ensure that health facilities run and provide services to the public with the support of willing workers who must be offered every assistance and protection.

“The government noted that it is instructive that the strike action was announced on the same day that many health workers were showing evidence on social media of the N450,000 they had received as April 2020 incentive.

“Government rejects the strike threat and will regard persons who fail to show up at their assigned places of work as having forfeited their employment. Every effort will be made to ensure that health facilities keep functioning, staffed by willing workers who will be guaranteed free and safe access to health facilities.

“Those who are not willing to work are strongly warned against criminal action such as attempts to impede access to workplaces, harass willing workers or to sabotage facilities and equipment,” it stated.

“The state government will not be misled into granting health workers a special status amongst public servants.”

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