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36,000 retired civil servants in Kaduna vow to work against El-Rufai


Malam Nasir El-Rufai

About 36,000 retired civil servants in Kaduna State have vowed to work against Governor Nasir El-Rufai in the upcoming poll.The workers, from across 23 local government areas, urged the people to reject El-Rufai, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s counsel that governors who failed to pay salaries and entitlements be voted out.Secretary of the retirees, Umar Jafar, who addressed a rally at the premises of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), condemned their sack by the governor in 2017.

He said: “We have decided to notify the general public of the evil that the present government has meted on us, and to mobilise them against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor El-Rufai.”

Jafar explained that the retirees came to the NLC secretariat to protest against Kaduna State’s non-compliance to the rule of paying their entitlement after 15 months of compulsory retirement.He added: “Under normal circumstance as it applies with civil service rule, if a staff is retired whether voluntary or compulsorily, he should be paid his gratuity and there and then enrolled for pension.

“We are not against the retirement, but only protesting against the state government’s non-compliance with the rules of disengagement, even though there were series of complaints from here and there.”

The retired workers reiterated President Buhari’s recent charge to the whole world that any governor who did not comply in paying staff and pension entitlement, shall be voted out of government in this election.“We are here to tell the good of people of Kaduna State to come out en mass to vote against anything that is associated with El-Rufai,” for failing in the Buhari’s credibility test.

Jafar stressed that Buhari had directed governors to pay workers and retirees their entitlement with the huge amount of money that they received from the Paris Club loan refunds.He expressed concerns that the governor failed to pay the retired workers, even after collecting the huge sum, a situation that has put the retirees and their families in abject poverty.He dismissed as incorrect, the insinuations by governor that he had paid them their entitlements, and that only those with Bank Verification Number (BVN) challenges have not been paid.

He disclosed that the retirees had since taken their complaints to the industrial court, as well as the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

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