Tears flowed freely at the Jema’a Local Government Area Secretariat, in Kafanchan, in Kaduna State, on Wednesday, as about 82 staff of the Council received their letters of disengagement from the Kaduna State Government, under Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s watch, Page 36 learnt.
The disengagements followed weeks of speculations that the State Government was planning to downsize its workforce across its 23 Local Government Areas.
Some of the affected members of staff were seen holding their letters, as they struggled to fight back tears.
According to one of the letters, the move was in line with the ongoing restructuring of the Local Government Areas in the State, to reposition them for efficient service.
One of the affected staff who pleaded anonymity, wondered why the State Government will take such an action at a trying time such as this.
The affected staff said: “Why is the State Government doing this to us now. Do they not know the difficult times we are in as a country.
“People are barely struggling to survive with the little they are earning, and then you decide to take the food out of their mouths.”
Another affected staff who did not want his name mentioned, for fear of being denied his entitlements, said that he has accepted his fate, and is looking forward to better days ahead.
On his part, Ajayi Chiroma, who said that he had 5 years left in Service, appealed to the State Government to ensure prompt payment of the affected staff’s benefits, as stated in their letters.
He stated: “I just hope they pay us our entitlements soon enough, because that is the only thing we are going to fall back to at the end of the day.
“That is the only thing that can console us right now. So, government should please do the needful, since they do not require our services anymore.”
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