BREAKING: El-Rufai Fires Nurses Below Level 14 in Kaduna

Any academic staff of KASU (Kaduna State University) that does not report for work will be dismissed.
Governor Nasiru Elrufa of Kaduna State

Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, has fired all nurses below grade level 14 in the state for joining the Nigeria Labour Congress on strike.

The governor ordered the state's Ministry of Health to promptly post job openings to replace the terminated nurses.

In the last 48 hours, Kaduna State has been shut down as aviation workers, bank workers, rail workers, power workers, health workers, and teachers, among others, have gone on strike in protest of the El-Rufai-led government's claimed injustice and the wholesale layoff of over 60,000 governmental officials.

The governor, meanwhile, described the NLC's action as a "campaign of economic and social sabotage and lawlessness" in a statement released on Tuesday titled "KDSG will not tolerate criminal acts disguised as industrial action".

El-Rufai warned that any worker not discovered in his or her area of assignment will be dismissed in a statement signed by the governor's Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye.

It partly read,

“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.

“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 Government and the Commissioner of Education.

“All MDAs are also to submit daily copies of attendance register to the Head of Service.”