By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
The Progressive Governors Forum has called on Kaduna governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to negotiate with the Nigeria Labour Congress to prevent the ongoing strike from crippling the state’s economy.
Chairman of the PGF and Kebbi State governor, Abubakar Bagudu, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
The statement read, “The PGF has been following unfolding development between NLC and Kaduna state government over the issue of rightsising local government employees with deep concerns.
“Noting all the challenges facing all our states, especially given dwindling revenue, we appeal to all patriotic Nigerians, including the NLC, to demonstrate more commitment toward engaging governments at all levels to address problems.
“This is not the time for muscle-flexing. At this critical point of our democratic journey, there could not be limits to engagement between all governments and citizens.
“We appeal to NLC leadership to recognise that the burden of leadership is more about responding to challenges based on the honest disposition of correcting past mistakes.
“As progressive governors, we share the vision of Kaduna State Government of reforming all our local government councils to make them more efficient and consequently the pivot of critical development initiatives.
“At the same time, we want to appeal to the state government under the leadership of our colleague, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai to take all necessary steps to ensure the resolution of all disagreements in the larger interest of citizens in Kaduna State.”