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Kaduna government supporters march to counter NLC protesters

Supporters of the Kaduna state government are currently marching to counter the Nigeria Labour Congress protests of the Nigeria against the Kaduna State Government.

The protest is holding at Nepa Roundabouts, the same spot where NLC members gathered for a protest on Tuesday.

Women, youth and children were seen holding placards to protest against the ongoing NLC strike on its third day.

The protesters accused the labour union of putting Kaduna residents in a total blackout.

Their placards read “the achievements of the state’s governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai which includes: payment of loan and gratuities to retired workers with 14 billion Naira, payment of scholarship and introduction of loan scheme to students and among others.”

On Tuesday, the Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai had asked the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba to submit himself to the nearest police station for prosecution after he accused him of economic sabotage in the state.

In what is a third day of mass protests by labour unions across the state, schools have been shut, airport activities grounded, banks locked, the electricity system grounded, and all sectors of the Kaduna economy have been left reeling from the industrial action.

“What is happening now in Kaduna is not an industrial action but a campaign of social and economic sabotage,” says Head of Service in Kaduna State, Baritu Mohammed told journalists.

The NLC National President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, had said that the five-day strike action would run its full course unless the State Government attended to the workers grievances.

Some of the grievances included the recent sack of 7,000 local government workers and refusal of the state government to settle the entitlements of about 50, 000 it disengaged from service from 2017 to date.

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