Nigeria Labour Congress organised its 12th National Delegates Conference on 5-6 February. And a few months later, delegates conferences were also held at all the State Councils of the trade union centre.
Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who is also president of the International Trade Union Confederation was re-elected as president to serve a second four-year term.
The beginning of Comrade Ayuba’s first term was marred by factional politics on the part of a splinter group that lost at the elections and staged a walkout. The group has now defined itself as the United Labour Congress. SWL put this development in perspective, noting the distraction that goes with factionalism.
There is now no such distraction. Meanwhile, there is a lot ahead for the renewed NLC leadership to face over the next four years. President Buhari has made it clear that there will be economic attacks on working-class people. This will have to be frontally resisted. And the need to build a mass-based socialist labour party is also a very important issue that now has to be addressed by the NLC.
NLC FCT Council elects new leadership
Along with other 36 NLC State Councils, the FCT Council held its delegates conference on Thursday 25 April 2019. This was at the Olaitan Oyerinde Memorial Hall of the labour house, were delegates elected new executives that would pilot the affairs of the council for the next four year.
The theme of the Conference was “Labour and Struggle for the emancipation of the down trodden”. And it had in attendance delegates from twenty-six (26) affiliated industrial unions of NLC.
In his address Comrade M I Zubairu, a former NLC FCT Chair complained of paucity of funds which he said had been a recurrent decimal in the administration of the NLC FCT, he commended the out going executive and also encourage the incoming executive to work as a team. He further enumerated the challenges the FCT workers are facing most especially accommodation, he called on the FCT Administration to come to the aid of workers in the FCT by building affordable houses for workers in the satellite Towns.
He Called on all the newly elected executive to let their “Yes” be “Yes” and their “No” be “No” and asked the workers to be careful of politicians as they are not friends of the workers.
The acting NLC FCT Chair, Com. Abubakar Yakub in his speech enumerated the achievements of the outgoing executive which he described as modest.
He commended the NLC president Comrade Ayuba Wabba for providing a Secretariat for the Council and for the success of the minimum wage struggle. He said the struggle is not over until the workers received the alert of the minimum wage. He also commended Comrade Lawrence Amaechi and other veterans in the FCT.
The NLC president comrade Ayuba Wabba represented by comrade Adewale the president of the Maritime workers union, congratulated the NLC FCT for the success of the 8th delegate conference.
He called on all the newly elected executives nationwide to ensure the implementation of thirty thousand naira as new minimum wage.
Comrade Waheed Sikiru the FCT Secretary of AUPCTRE as secretary of the screening committee, announced the election of candidates into the executives by affirmation, as there was no opposing slate. Com. Abubakar Yakub Chair of the National Union of Local Government Employees, and a sympathizer of the SWL, emerged as State Council Chair.
by Peter ADEJOBI & Yusuf LAWAL