The Nigerian Labour Congress has commenced its five-day industrial action in Kaduna.

This began with a peaceful protest led by the National President of the Union, Ayuba Wabba and other labour leaders across the state.

Socio-economic activities have been grounded in both public and private sectors in the state as the NLC is protesting what it considers anti labour policies by the Nasir El-Rufai led government in the state.

NLC has accused the state government of insincerity in dealing with labour issues.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba, Addressing the striking workers

The union said the Kaduna state government violated the N30,000 minimum wage to pay N18,000 in the month of April.

According to the NLC, about 20,000 civil servants were paid half salaries in April, an amount that is even less than the former minimum wage of N18,000

Meanwhile the entire Kaduna state has been overtaken by power outage.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria in a statement signed by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mba, said the company has been under pressure to turn off the feeders radiating from the substation in Kaduna.

The Union functionaries returned earlier today and forced the system operators to switch off power supply from the state.

“Regrettably, the Union functionaries returned today with similar demands amid palpable threats that could escalate and jeopardize national grid security.

“It was during this morning’s encounter that the System Operators were forced to shut down the 33kV feeders from 6:36Hrs this morning. Before this, KAEDCO had earlier shut down its 11kV feeders, which it started de-loading from 3 am this morning,” the statement said.

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