Kaduna state government has issued a statement threatening to sack any health worker who fails to show up for work following the 25 percent reductions from salaries of all civil servants in the state.
This followed following the ultimatum issued to the state government for a reversal of the reduction by the state health workers union.
The state health workers are threatening the strike action despite the payment of daily incentives of between N5, 000 and N15, 000 to frontline health workers in the state as well as a monthly incentive of 10% of net pay for other health workers in public hospitals and primary health centres.
The government has also provided them with additional insurance coverage for death and disability to the tune of N5 million for death and N2.5 million for disability while Covid-19 infection cover of N100, 000 for 10 days.
The state government while speaking via a statement by Muyiwa Adekeye, the Special Adviser to the Governor Nasir El-Rufai, on Media and Communication, said any health worker who fails to show up for work would be treated as an absentee who has gone ‘Away Without Leave(AWOL)’.
“The government noted that it is instructive that the strike action was announced on the same day that many health workers were showing evidence on social media of the N450,000 they had received as April 2020 incentive.
“Government rejects the strike threat and will regard persons who fail to show up at their assigned places of work as having forfeited their employment,” it stated.
“Every effort will be made to ensure that health facilities keep functioning, staffed by willing workers who will be guaranteed free and safe access to health facilities.
“Those who are not willing to work are strongly warned against criminal action such as attempts to impede access to workplaces, harass willing workers or to sabotage facilities and equipment,” it further stated.
“The state government will not be misled into granting health workers a special status amongst public servants.”
“Government will not be browbeaten by strike action into excluding health workers from the sacrifices being made by other public servants who are donating 25 percent of their salary to fund the provision of palliatives for low-income, poor and vulnerable persons that are impacted by the lockdown.”
The governor clarified that the salary deductions introduced in April 2020 apply to everyone who works for the state government from the governor to the most junior civil servant with take-home pay of more than N50, 000 monthly, stressing that it does not favour or discriminate against any professional group in the public service.
#EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack
Television Continental popularly known as TVC News is back on air after it was attacked by suspected hoodlums on Wednesday morning.
Recall that the host of popular ladies show ‘Your View’, Morayo Afolabi-Brown, had confirmed during the show on Wednesday that hoodlums had entered the premises of TVC.
The hoodlums had attacked the TV station a few hours after #EndSARS protesters were killed at the Lekki Toll Gate by soldiers on Tuesday night.
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There were speculations that the TV station was attacked because of its link to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
Workers of the TV station were rescued by Men of the Police Rapid Response Squad who were in the compound to offer protection.
End SARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew
Recall that on Tuesday night, Aba and Umuahia went under curfew in a statement by the Governor.
However, following the return of calm to the affected areas, Ikpeazu directed that the curfew in the State be relaxed to now take effect from 6 pm to 6 am from Sunday, 25th October 2020.
This was made known by the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu.
The Governor also directed all markets in the State to be reopened during the day, while Market committees should mobilize adequate security teams to watch over the markets at night and during the day.
Governor Ikpeazu further directed all commercial tricycle operators to henceforth vacate the roads during the curfew time of 6 pm-6 am daily.
#EndSARS: What Obasanjo Told Buhari At Virtual Meeting – Fani-Kayode
Recall that Buhari had met with former leaders of Nigeria including Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Obasanjo, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abulsalami Abubakar, and former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday over the tension in the country.
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Giving details in a tweet on Saturday, Fani-Kayode accused Buhari of telling former leaders that #End SARS protesters were turning violent across the country.
“Glad that OBJ told Buhari the bitter truth at their meeting after he claimed that the protests were turning violent.
“OBJ countered by telling him that the protests were peaceful until sponsored and violent thugs and hoodlums turned on the protesters and started attacking them.”
Glad that OBJ told Buhari the bitter truth at their meeting after he claimed that the protests were turning violent. OBJ countered by telling him that the protests were peaceful until sponsored and violent thugs and hoodlums turned on the protesters and started attacking them.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) October 24, 2020
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