Workers in the Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency, KASTELEA, under the Ministry of Works and Transport, yesterday protested their sack by Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai.
The workers, numbering about 177, have already received their sacked letters from the state government.
They stormed the secretariat of Kaduna State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalist, NUJ with placards, demanding that the government reverse the decision because they have no means of livelihood.
On behalf of the workers, Ahmad Rufai Abdullahi, who was disturbed by the development, said they received their letters of termination of appointments with shock.
According to him, “we were thrown into confusion because we never expected it. We never expected to be told that our services are no longer needed by the state government after giving us hope for five months.
“Some of us are artisans before we were given this job by the former governor and we are being paid N18,000 minimum wage as salary. Now the new governor said he didn’t want us since we were brought in by a People’s Democratic Party, PDP governor. This decision is not in the interest of the masses,” he said.
Abdullahi therefore appealed to Governor El-Rufai to reconsider the decision and reinstate them to their jobs to enable them cater for their families.
A copy of the termination letter made available to Nigerian Pilot was signed by the Director of Administration and Finance, Hauwa Othman.
Another worker, Ibrahim Musa said majority of them are diploma holders and graduates while some are Senior Secondary School Certificate, SSSCE holders.
“We have families depending on the stipends given to us since we started training five months ago. We were all happy that at the end of our six months’ training, we would be confirmed as permanent staff before they terminated our appointments,” he said.
Some of the placards carried inscriptions such as: “Please we want Kaduna State Government To Return Our Jobs, We Have Families And Parents Depending On Us” and “So, Please We Need Our Jobs Back.”
The agency was established by the previous administration of Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and saddled with responsibility of taking care of the environment and traffic within the metropolis after their training.
Meanwhile, in a swift reaction, the state government said the decision was to enable it reorganise the agency, having found out that it conducted irregular recruitments in the past.
A statement signed by El-Rufai’s Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, explained that the “Kaduna State government is currently reorganising KSTELEA, its agency for traffic and environmental law enforcement. On assumption of office, the government found out that the agency had conducted irregular recruitment contrary to due process and the law establishing the agency.
“Early in June, the then general manager of the agency sought approval to send the improperly recruited staff for training at the Police College. This request was declined in favour of reorganising the agency and conducting fresh recruitment in a manner that is fair. The government cannot condone illegal recruitments, even if the beneficiaries have been paid stipends for months.
“Those persons who were recruited in an irregular manner are free to reapply when the government reopens the recruitment window,” the statement reads.

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