Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has warned health workers in the state that they risk losing their jobs if they embark on strike at this time of CoronaVirus pandemic.
El-Rufai who spoke through his aide, Muyiwa Adekeye, noted that his administration would not bow to blackmail, adding that he would keep the health facilities in Kaduna running and protect workers who are willing to work.
His statement came in response to strike notice served by health workers in Kaduna State.
He further noted that despite the industrial action threat, health workers would not be excluded from the mandatory donation of 25% salary to fund the provision of palliatives for vulnerable people.
“The government rejects the strike threat and will regard persons who fail to show up at their assigned places of work as having forfeited their employment. Every health worker that is willing to work is required to sign the register at the Ministry of Health and the health institutions to which they are deployed.
“The Ministry of Health has the mandate of the government to ensure that residents of Kaduna State are not deprived of public health services.
“Every effort will be made to ensure that health facilities keep functioning, staffed by willing workers who will be guaranteed free and safe access to health facilities. Those who are not willing to work are strongly warned against criminal actions such as attempts to impede access to workplaces, harass willing workers or to sabotage facilities and equipment.
“The state government will not be misled into granting health workers a special status amongst public servants. The consequences of concessions made along such lines by previous governments have created a sense that some public servants are more precious than others.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.