…We will preserve the unity of NLC, says Wabba
Chris Steven, Abuja
The leadership crisis rocking the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has degenerated as the General Secretary of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Comrade Joe Ajaero and President of Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Igwe Achese, have formed a new labour center under the name United Labour Congress(NLC).
Comrades Ajaero and Achese who fell out from the mainstream NLC after the March 2015 rescheduled election of the Congress where they lost their bid to become President and Vice President respectively at the weekend inaugurated their separate union.
They were unanimously elected as President and deputy President respectively at the event where no fewer than 25 industrial unions that were formerly affiliated to the NLC were said to part of the new union.
However, President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba in his reaction to the formation of a new labour centre said that his leadership of NLC would preserve its unity.
Comrade Wabba in a statement titled ” We shall preserve the unity of NLC” said that the leadership of the Congress is committed to the unity of the working class in the country notwithstanding the latest declaration by Comrade Ajaero and Achese.
“In this regards, we will ensure that no one take you away from the NLC without your express democratic consent to do so” he said
While noting that the relevant organs of the Congresscongress would soon meet to review the latest challenge posed to the unity of the movement, Comrade Wabba implored all workers to remain calm
“We shall do everything within our power to preserve the unity and coherence of the labour movement which was handed down to us by our forebears in the movement.
The congress wish to assure all our members including those of NUEE, NUPENG and others listed as having attended the alleged launch of the new centre, that the NLC will continue to provide protection for them, and will ensure that their leaders do not out of their consuming ambition to be leaders of a ‘national center’ lead them into the wilderness.” He said