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Breaking: Kaduna State Sacks Nurses Below GL 14

Written by Basirat Memudu

Rel From Aminu Dalhatu (Kaduna)

Kaduna State government says it will dismiss all nurses below GL 14 for going on an unlawful strike.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye says the 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.

According to the statement, the state Ministry of Health has been directed to advertise vacancies for the immediate recruitment of new nurses to replace those dismissed.

The statement says any academic staff of Kaduna State University-KASU that does not report to it’s work place will be dismissed.

It notes that, 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.

According to the statement, all Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) are also to submit daily copies of attendance register to the Head of Service.

It says Kaduna State government has view the actions of the NLC as equivalent to the actions of the bandits, kidnappers menacing citizens, saying that bandits illegally use arms, stressing that, NLC also is deploying mob action for exactly the same ends trying to hold hostage the freedoms, economic interests.

“KDSG 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”

“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 (SBCU) 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”

According to the statement, Kaduna State government considers as unacceptable the serial violations of the Miscellaneous Offences Act and the Trade Union Act that have occurred over the last two days and commended citizens for remaining calm amidst this assault on their rights.

“Efforts to dress up criminal activity as industrial action do not change the reality of the lawbreaking that has unfolded, including their persistently ignoring the prohibition against impeding essential services. Also, KDSG cannot ignore the illegal pressures brought to disrupt the operations of banks and other private business whose staff and customers do not have any industrial dispute with the state or any other government”