Activities in schools, banks and hospitals in Kaduna were paralysed on Monday, following the commencement of the five-day warning strike in the state by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
The industrial action, according to the NLC, which had mobilized 14 of its affiliate bodies, is to protest the sacking of 4,000 workers by the Kaduna State Government.
Nasir El-Rufai, the state governor, had disengaged the workers across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state, arguing that his government cannot spend almost 90 per cent of its federal allocation on salaries.
However, the decision did not go down well with labour unions, which resolved to ground economic activities in Kaduna.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), several shops, hospitals, schools, and financial institutions were closed in the state, in compliance with the strike.
NAN said most shops at the Sheikh Mahmood Gumi market, Ibrahim Taiwo and Kano roads of Kaduna central were also not open for business.
However, a few shops and roadside markets were seen selling basic things to residents.
It was stated that offices belonging to telecommunication service providers were also shut.
Patients, including those on admission at General Hospital Sabon Tasha, Yusuf Dantsoho General Hospital, Tudun Wada and Gwamna Awan General Hospital in Nassarawa, were said to have been discharged, while the hospitals were closed.
Primary health centres in Kakuri, Nassarawa, Unguwan Yelwa and Sabon Tasha were also closed.
The report said some of the patients outside the hospital appealed to the state government to dialogue with the NLC to address the situation.
The management of Kaduna Electric, on Sunday, said the power outage in the state was as a result of the warning strike.
Abdulazeez Abdullahi, the company’s head of corporate communications, said the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) disconnected the power supply in compliance with the strike.