Activities in Kaduna State have been paralised as the five-day warning strike directed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over irregular sacking of civil servants began on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that schools, banks and other business premises has been closed.
Following announcement of the warning strike by NLC, the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Finance Institutions Employees had directed its members to withdraw banking and insurance services in Kaduna state from Monday 17.
The Zonal State Secretary of the union, Mr Adamu Danladi explained that the directive followed the NLC’s warning strike in response to what he described as Gov. El-Rufai’s “anti-workers policies”.
He said that the withdrawal of services would continue until otherwise directed by the congress.
Also, some schools have been reported closed, while others were open but only a few teachers, pupils and students were seen hanging around.
Reports also showed that most of the shops at the busy Sheikh Mahmood Gumi Market, Ibrahim Taiwo and Kano Roads area of the Kaduna Central Market were under lock and key.
However, few shops and roadside sellers of provisions and other perishable items around the markets were seen selling basic items to residents.
Shops were also locked at the popular Kasuwan Bacci Market, Tudun Wada.
It was also reported that offices of telecommunication service providers: MTN, Airtel and 9mobile along Yakubu Gowon Way were also shut.
There was also high compliance to the strike action by health facilities in Kaduna as health workers were visibly absent in some of the facilities visited, while others were seen outside in groups discussing the situation.
Patients, including those on admission had been discharged at General Hospital Sabon Tasha, Yusuf Dantsoho General Hospital, Tudun Wada and Gwamna Awan General Hospital, Nasarawa and the hospitals closed.
Primary Health Centres in Kakuri, Nassarawa, Unguwan Yelwa and Sabon Tasha were also closed.
Meanwhile, the disconnection of power supply to Kaduna state by electricity workers following the strike had disrupted many businesses and caused water scarcity in the state.