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Gov El-Rufai Set Up Panel On Face-off With Labour

Kaduna State Government has established a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Nigerian Labour Congress strike of May 2021, with Justice Ishaq Bello, a retired Judge, as chairman.

A statement by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, on Tuesday mentioned a former Attorney-General of Cross River State Eyo Ekpo; and Mrs Joan Jatau-Kadiya, ex-Attorney General of Kaduna State, as members.

According to the statement, a former Assistant General of the NLC and Deputy National Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Chom Bagu is also a member of the panel.

Adekeye listed other members of the commission as AVM Rabiu Dabo, Dr Nasirudeen Usman and Malam Mohammed Isah Aliyu.

The Special Adviser stated that ‘’the Judicial Commission of Inquiry is constituted based on the 1999 Constitution and the Commissions of Inquiry Law CAP 34, Laws of Kaduna State1991.’

According to the statement, the Inquiry has 14 terms of reference which include ‘’ to ascertain the legality of the warning strike, the actions of various persons and organisations.

Adekeye added that the commission should also ‘’determine whether such actions amount to any breach of of the Trade Union Act, the Trade Disputes Act, the Trade Disputes (Essential Services) Act, the Miscellaneous Offenses Act, the Quarantine Act, the Public Health Law and Penal Code of Kaduna State and other laws.’’