Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the passing away of the former National President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Pascal Bafyau as “a singular colossal loss to the Labour Movement”.
Mr. Oshiomhole, who succeeded the late Bafyau as NLC President, said in a condolence letter to the NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar that “Comrade Pascal was ahead of his contemporaries and appreciated the limitation of “bread and butter” struggle of trade unionism.
“He was convinced that organised working men and women must be politically relevant through party formation and contest for political power if they will truly overcome exploitation and ensure equitable distribution of state resources”.
The governor recalled late Mr. Bafyau’s glowing era at the NLC, he said that his tenure witnessed labour struggle against military dictatorship and official attempt to divide the labour movement.
“His indelible marks I took over from as the 4th President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in 1999 in the movement are significant and numerous to list,” Mr. Oshiomhole said.
He recalled the late Mr. Bafyau’s role in the formation of the mass based Labour Party in 1989. The governor, who was Mr. Bafyau’s deputy for eight years, also highlighted his other contributions towards improved minimum wage for workers in the country, the building of the 12-Storey Labour House in Abuja, establishment of the Labour Transport Service (now Labour City Transport) and the founding of the now defunct Labour Bank (LACON).
“He will be remembered among other numerous achievements as an advanced politically conscious Comrade who led formation and registration of the Labour Party as early as 1990s”, Mr. Oshiomhole said.
He expressed the condolences of the government and people of Edo State to the Labour Movement and late Bafyau’s family. He prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed comrade.