NLC warns unions against ‘illegal’ special conference

NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba

The Nigeria Labour Congress on Wednesday restated its opposition to a “special delegates conference” in Lagos, planned by a faction in last Saturday’s rescheduled elections.

The Secretary General of the Congress, Peter Ozo-Eson, in a memo to state chairmen of all affiliate industrial unions, warned members of the consequences of accepting invitations to attend.

Mr. Ozo-Eson said after the successful conclusion of its 11th delegates’ conference last Saturday in Abuja, any other meeting was “clearly unlawful, unconstitutional, a nullity and therefore unsustainable.”

At the end of the conference, he said, a new national executive was constituted, with Ayuba Wabba elected as President, and Peters Adeyemi, Kiri Mohammed and Najeem Yasin as Deputy Presidents.

Also Solomon Adelegan, Amechi Asugwuni, Lawal Dutsinma Oyelekan Lateef and Lucy Offiong emerged as Vice Presidents.

Again, Khaleel Ibrahim was elected treasurer, Boniface Isok (Trustee) and Safiyanu Mohammed (Financial Secretary), while Anchaver Simeon, Leke Success and Yemisi Bamgbose were elected auditors.

Others were Amina Danesi, Comfort Oko and Oby Eze as Ex-officio officials.

The General Secretary said the new executive, elected by, 119 accredited delegates that participated in the election, were immediately sworn in by the first President of the NLC, Hassan Sunmonu, before their assumption of duties on Monday, March 16, 2015.

Throughout the elections, he said there was no report of an adverse incident that affected any of the processes.

All contestants, including the President, Deputy Presidents and others, he said, voluntarily submitted to and participated in the election without any objection.

The only unusual aspect of the process, witnessed by the Registrar of Trade Unions and some other government officials, law enforcement agents and representatives of Civil Society Organisations, he pointed out, was that after the announcement of the results, agents of some of the contestants refused to sign the result sheets.

Mr. Ozo-Eson said in spite of the hitch-free poll, the attention of Congress was later drawn to a communiqué purportedly issued “at the end of the emergency meeting of CWC/NEC (Central Working Committee/National Executive Council) meeting of NLC.

The body, he said, is composed of Presidents and General Secretaries of industrial unions and state councils.
The communiqué was signed by Joe Ajaero, the main contender in the presidential election, and General Secretary, National Union of Electricity Employees.

The former Deputy President of NLC, President, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Igwe Achese, and former Trustee, NLC Issa Aremu, who is also the General Secretary, National Union of Textile, Garments and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, also signed the document.

While warning affiliate unions to be wary and “not fall prey to the current inordinate and misguided antics of the trio led so-called “NLC”, Mr. Ozo-Eson said the so-called “Special Delegates Conference” was not recognized or valid meetings of the Congress.

“Anyone who attends the jamboree being contemplated by trio and their co-travelers will be wasting his/her time and resources,” he warned. “Any union affiliated to the Congress which is represented or participates at the illegal Conference risks being sanctioned appropriately by the Congress,” the Secretary said.


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