The union leader asked banks to respect workers rights
The sitting president of the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI), an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress, has been re-elected today as the National President of the Association.
The election took place at the 8th Triennial National Delegates Conference, which held in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Saturday. The conference, themed ‘Employer/Employee Relationship: A key Ingredient towards sustaining the enterprise’, was aimed at strengthening the union and electing new executives, among others.
Speaking on his three-year tenure, Mr. Salako said the journey has been challenging.
“I assumed office three years ago during the 7th Triennial National Delegates Conference that took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State, in November 2010, a period known for the various reform programmes in the banking sector. I can therefore say, without mincing words, that for the last three years, the task has been quite challenging but by the grace of God and the dedicated members of staff of the association, I have been able to discharge my duties to the best of my ability, but most importantly, impacting positively on the sector with the hope to remain productive and profitable” he said, at the four-day event.
On happenings in the industry, he said “The era when employers decide whether their members of staff should be organised is gone. The ILO Core Conventions 87 and 89 and section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are sacrosanct. ASSBIFI sympathizes with our colleagues in these unionised Banks and Insurance Companies on the attack on their rights by their managements and declare today that modern day slavery and attack on workers’ right must stop.”
Highlighting looming unrest, he said the following organisations; Diamond, Stanbic IBTC, Standard Chartered, Fidelity and Guaranty Trust Banks, as well as Leadway Assurance, Standard Alliance Insurance, Capital Express Insurance, Industrial and General Insurance (IGI), Goldlink Assurance and Continental Reinsurance must cooperate with ASSBIFI to organise their senior members of staff, as the only solution to avert a looming unrest in their respective workplaces.
Mr. Salako also asked the government to reduce the poverty level in the nation.
“We have noted with great concern, the recent report from the World Bank that 100 million Nigerians live in destitution. The report further states that 63 per cent of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day.
“This is quite unacceptable in a country that is ranked amongst the highest producers of crude oil in the world and with vast arable land resources. ASSBIFI, as a strategic union in the finance industry and a reliable social ally of Government hereby mandates all tiers of government in the country to reduce the poverty level to at least 25 per cent by the year 2016,” he said.
Speaking on his re-election, Mr. Salako said steering the ship is not an easy task, but that the elected executives would deliver on their responsibilities.
“We would deliver. It is not an easy task. We would try to complete all our on-going projects and add value to ASSBIFI. We would ensure we train and re-train our staff. We strongly believe that an enlightened leadership will ring forth an enlightened followership and that unionism is all about membership, members’ interest and welfare and vigorous drive to achieve peace and harmony in the work environment,” he said.
He said the executives would restructure the association’s secretariat; and encouraged all members to give total support to the executives.
Other elected executives include Oyinkan Mosunmola Olasanoye, re-elected 1st National Deputy President of the organisation; A.H Otori-2nd National President, Adekunle Adeleke-1st honorary secretary, Nike Joseph- 2nd Honorary Secretary, Olarotimi Odusofe- Treasurer, Olarotimi Gbaniro- Financial Secretary, Daniel Okuchemiya- National Publicity/Social services, Musa Ndakoji- Welfare Officer, Ibrahim Dikko- Auditor 2, Michael Odeh- Auditor 1, Abiola Euba- Joint National Committee 2, Mercy Dominic- Joint National Committee 1, while the two National Trustees are Gerald Erih and Mohammed Garba, respectively.
Sanni Kabiru, from the First Bank Unit of the Association, said the event was a successful one.
“We thank God that we came to Ilorin and the programme started and ended successfully. It was a big task but thank God there was no crisis everything and everything went peacefully” he said.
The next Triennial National Delegates Conference of the Association is scheduled to hold in Asaba.
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