Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State governor, has sacked all nurses below grade level 14 in the state for joining the ongoing strike organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
El-Rufai also directed the state’s Ministry of Health to immediately advertise vacancies for the replacement of the dismissed nurses.
The five-day industrial action by the NLC which enters its second day on Tuesday, has grounded economic activities in the state, with workers in almost all sectors complying with the directive by the leadership of the congress.
According to the NLC, the purpose of the strike is to force the state government to change its decision, after it recently fired 4,000 workers in the state.
But reacting to the development in a statement on Tuesday, titled, ‘KDSG will not tolerate criminal acts disguised as industrial action’, the state government described the action of the NLC as a “campaign of economic and social sabotage and lawlessness”.
In the statement signed by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, El-Rufai warned that any worker not found in his or her place of assignment would be dismiss.
“KDSG (Kaduna State Government) acknowledges doctors and some other categories of health workers that are trying to run public health facilities, but regrets that some nurses have joined the unlawful strike and engaged in sabotage of some of our health facilities. Nurses were implicated in the forceful discharge of patients in many health facilities”. the statement read in part.
“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 May 2021. The names of the three nurses from the Special Baby Care Unit who were involved in this despicable act have been forwarded to the Ministry of Justice to initiate prosecution for attempted murder or murder in the event we lose the baby”.
The statement added, “The Ministry of Health will 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 their duty posts to fill the gap of those absconding from duty. The Ministry of Health has been directed to advertise vacancies for the immediate recruitment of new nurses to replace those dismissed.
“Any academic staff of KASU (Kaduna State University) that does not report for work will 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.”