Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has declared that no government official or member of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state will at this time be allowed to travel to Abuja.
El-Rufai stated this in a statement signed and made available to newsmen on Wednesday, May 19 by Muyiwa Adekeye, his special adviser on Media and Communications.
The Kaduna state government said it is yet to see evidence that the NLC is backing off from its campaign of economic and social sabotage against the people of the State.
“Electric power is yet to be restored, after it was shutdown at dawn on Sunday, 16th May 2021, in brazen violation of the laws protecting essential services and infrastructure. That action removed any basis for state government officials to meet the NLC last Sunday,” the statement read.
It added: “Denying our people electricity about 18 hours to the advertised commencement of their organised sabotage was akin to putting a gun on the government’s head. Government has a lawful duty not to indulge blackmail.”
“Restoring electricity is vital to relieving some of the pain that needless acts of lawlessness have inflicted on our people. The unimpeded provision of essential services is vital to civilised order,”
“Those who have disrupted it should promptly reverse themselves, not expect that it will be a matter for negotiation, much less being viewed as a precondition. KDSG will not participate in such a negotiation or countenance one whilst our people are still being denied their right to electricity.