Labour strike records partial compliance in Kaduna 

As the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) strike on Monday shuts down banks, courts, government ministries, departments and agencies, students were continuing with their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), while state government owned hospitals are working in Kaduna.

Though other students and pupils not in final year class were not allowed to enter public schools, private schools were in full session with full academic activities ongoing. 

The labour movement on Friday declared indefinite strike across the country to commence on Monday with the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) joining the strike action by shutting down the national electricity grid in the early hours of the day.

Labour leaders across the various states and the FCT came out early in the morning to enforce the strike action. 

When contacted, the Kaduna state Chairman of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman, said, the strike is total, as the union’s enforcement teams have gone out to enforce compliance.

When Blueprint monitored the strike within Kaduna metropolis, the state secretariat, banks and other ministries and agencies of government were under locks and keys, state government owned hospitals like Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital and Yusuf Dantsoho Hospital were open to patients.

At Barau Dikko, Blueprint correspondent observed that nurses were not clad in their usual white uniforms, but they were fully on ground alongside medical doctors and attending to patients. 

Federal Government owned hospitals like the National Ear Care Centre and National Eye Centre were however closed against out patients.

Unions of educational institutions under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna State University (KASU) and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) also joined the strike.

It was also observed that the entire Kaduna state was thrown into complete blackout since around 3:00am on Monday, while the headquarters of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company was also shutdown by the electricity labour union.