It has been reported that, the State government of Kaduna has issued a notice to quit on all civil servants, who are occupants of government quarters in Kaduna.
At a joint press conference in Kaduna on Monday, Adamu Ango, and Shehu Mohammed, state chapter chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) respectively, said the notice by the Kaduna State Government directing all civil servants living in government quarters to quit the premises within seven days, was not only an abuse of the right of the civil servants, but violated the known laws between a tenant and a landlord.
The unions called on all its members occupying government quarters in the state to disregard the eviction order and remain in the premises.
According to them, the law establishing Kaduna State rent tribunal, where all matters relating to tenancy is settled, stipulates that three months’ notice be given to any tenant before any eviction can be carried out.
“We have taken all diplomatic steps to ensure that the governor sees reason but all in vain. So we are calling on all our members to stay put at the same time calling the state government to prepare their arsenal because we are ready to sacrifice our lives to protect our members,” the unions said.
Speaking on this, Mr. Mohammed said the Kaduna State Property Development Company which had 60 personnel, now has 14, while SUBEB with staff strength of 300, now has only 34 staff.
“Some of our members have already been sent to the office of the Head of Service where they are doing nothing, and in the end the government may decide to terminate their appointments saying their services are no longer needed.
“Therefore the restructure is not acceptable to us and cannot hold because we are going to fight against it,” he said.
He further said that the move was a means of disengaging some civil servants from their appointments.
Written by Okolo Ezinne