The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) says it has been following unfolding development between Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Kaduna State Government over the issue of rightsizing Local Government employees with deep concerns.
In a Press Statement signed by its Chairman, Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the Forum said it noted all the challenges facing all states, especially given the dwindling revenue.
The Forum appealed to all patriotic Nigerians, including the NLC, to demonstrate more commitment toward engaging governments at all levels to address problems.
It added that the time is not for muscle flexing owing to challenges that has overstretched most Nigerians.
The forum posited that at the critical point of Nigeria’s democratic journey, there cannot be limits to engagement between all governments and citizens.
It urged that Every step must be taken to resolve the current faceup between Kaduna State Government and NLC.
It appealed to both the State Government and NLC to return to the negotiating table.
It particularly appealed to the NLC leadership to recognise that the burden of leadership at this point is more about responding to challenges based on the honest disposition of correcting past mistakes.
The fourm said it shared the vision of Kaduna State Government of reforming all Local Governments to make them more efficient and consequently the pivot of critical development initiatives.
It also appealed to the Kaduna State Government under the leadership of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to take all the necessary steps to ensure the resolution of all disagreements in the larger interest of citizens in Kaduna State.
It expressed confidence that both the Kaduna State Government and the NLC will resolve all outstanding issues and restore industrial harmony in Kaduna State.