We Won’t Participate In Federal Govt-brokered Negotiation With NLC – Kaduna Govt

May 19, 2021
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The Kaduna State government has said that it was yet to see evidence that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is backing off from its industrial action.

Special Adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, in a statement Wednesday evening, declared that the state government will not participate in any negotiation or contemplate one while residents of the state are still in darkness.

“The Kaduna State government is yet to see evidence that the NLC is backing off from its campaign of economic and social sabotage against the people of the State.

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“Electric power is yet to be restored, after it was shutdown at dawn on Sunday, 16th May 2021, in brazen violation of the laws protecting essential services and infrastructure.

“That action removed any basis for state government officials to meet the NLC last Sunday. Denying our people electricity about 18 hours to the advertised commencement of their organised sabotage was akin to putting a gun on the government’s head. Government has a lawful duty not to indulge blackmail.

“Restoring electricity is vital to relieving some of the pain that needless acts of lawlessness have inflicted on our people. The unimpeded provision of essential services is vital to civilised order.

“Those who have disrupted it should promptly reverse themselves, not expect that it will be a matter for negotiation, much less being viewed as a precondition. KDSG will not participate in such a negotiation or countenance one whilst our people are still being denied their right to electricity,” the statement said.

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Meanwhile, the management of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, known as Kaduna Electric, said their technical team were on standby to restore power supply to all its 11KV feeders in Kaduna as soon as the Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN) allow same on the 33KV lines.

Head, Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, in an update posted on Kaduna Electric social media handle said: “Dear Esteemed Customers, the Management of Kaduna Electric welcomes the cheering news of the suspension of the strike action by the Nigerian Labour Congress.

“Our technical team are on standby to restore power supply to all our 11KV feeders in Kaduna as soon as the Transmission Company of Nigeria does the same on the 33KV lines.

“We thank you for your patience in these challenging times and look forward to serving you better.”

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