Tears flowed freely yesterday at the Jema’a local government area Secretariat, in Kafanchan, Kaduna state, as about 82 staff of the council received letters of disengagement from the Kaduna State government.
The disengagement follows weeks of speculations that the State government was planning to downsize its workforce across its 23 local government areas in the State.
Some newsmen who visited the secretariat said some of the affected members of staff were seen holding their letters as they struggled to fight back tears.
According to one of the letters, the move is in line with the on-going restructuring of the local governments in the State to reposition them for efficient service.
One of the affected staff, who pleaded anonymity, wondered why the state government will take such an action at a trying time such as this.
“Why is the State government doing this to us now. Don’t they know the difficult times we are in as a country? People are barely struggling to survive with the little they are earning and then you decide to take the food out of their mouth,” the affected staff queried.
Another affected staff, who did not want his name mentioned for fear of being denied his entitlement, said that he has accepted his fate and was looking forward to better days ahead.
On his part, one Ajayi Chiroma, who said he had five years left in service, appealed to the State government to ensure prompt payment of affected staff benefits as stated in the letter.
The Council vice-chairman, Micah Ngboni, told newsmen that he could not give further details other than that ‘not more than 82 people were affected’.