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Sacked blind workers demand entitlements from Kaduna government

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El-Rufai. Photo: TWITTER/GOVKADUNA

Nigeria Association of the Blind (NAB), Kaduna State, has appealed to the state government to ease the hardship facing their members who were recently sacked from the civil service, by paying their entitlements.

Kaduna State Government had sacked public servants working in the 23 local councils in the state who were 50 years old and above and casualised those between levels one to six.

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Speaking to newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat in Kaduna yesterday, NAB, through its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ismail Abubakar, said about 30 of its members were either sacked or retired.

NAB lamented that most of its sacked members attended vocational training centres in Kaduna and Lagos states and were yet to reach retirement age in civil service.

Abubakar noted that the sack and retirement might push them into begging, despite the laws against begging in the state.

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He pointed out that about 60 NAB members that were relieved of their jobs in 2016 were yet to get their entitlements, and appealed to Governor Nasir el-Rufai to look into their condition as family heads and pay their entitlements as well as reverse the sack of workers in the state.

Among the victims of the April 2021 retirement is Hauwa Hassan, who worked for 26 years at Kaduna North Local Council. She said she accepted the retirement in good faith, but appealed to the government to pay them their entitlements on time, to enable them to go into businesses and earn a living.

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