By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Kaduna—PUBLIC workers in Kaduna State have rejected reported plans by the government to sell government quarters in the state.
Speaking through the state councils of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and its Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, the workers advised the state government to borrow a leaf from the Federal Government’s monetisation programme in giving the legal occupants of government houses an unconditional option of first refusal.
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In a statement yesterday, Adamu Ango and Shehu Mohammed, Chairman of NLC and TUC, respectively, contended that the said Federal Government’s policy was midwifed by the incumbent governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru el-Rufa’i.
It read: “The decision of the Kaduna State Executive Council was without recourse to all relevant stakeholders, especially the workers, who are the legal occupants of these properties.
“It is very unfortunate that the civil servants working for the state government and currently occupying these quarters were never given the option of first refusal before the extension of offer to the public.
“Another area of concern to the public servants of the state, who receive peanut as salaries and wages compared with those of the political office holders, is the mode of payments for these quarters after being sold to the individual buyers.
“That is, payment of 25 percent of purchase price, including 10 percent non-refundable deposit, must be made to the Kaduna State Government within 90 days of being declared winner.
“The balance of 75 must be paid by all purchasers within an additional 90 days, thus all purchasers must effect full payment within 180 days of contract.
“From the above condi-tions, which civil servant can afford this payment.”