SPLINTER group of Ebonyi state chapter
of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC has
suspended indefinitely, the state chairman
of Union, Ikechukwu Nwafor, for alleged
deception and financial impropriety, while
the Vice Chairman, Leonard Nkah, has been
nominated to act as the chairman pending
the conclusion of investigations.
But Nwafor in telephone interview with
our Correspondent said the action amounted
to nothing as he remained the authentic
chairman of the union.
The embattled NLC chairman said his
purported suspension did not follow
due process and denied any financial
mismanagement under his leadership. He
said he would address the press point by
point on the frivolous allegation in the days
ahead if there was need for that.
The resolution was reached after the
Union’s State Executive Council meeting
held Wednesday at state NULGE secretariat
in Abakaliki.
Briefing Journalists after the meeting,the
newly appointed Acting Chairman of the
union,Comrade Leonard Nkah,who briefed
newsmen on behalf of the union said the
suspended Chairman has betrayed both the
union leadership and the state workers in
the discharge of his mandate.
Flanked by some exco members of NLC
and some officials of other affiliate unions,
Nkah said that the suspension of the former
chairman became imperative in order to
sanitize and stabilize the union in the state for the benefit of workers.
Their resolutions read, “The state
chairman ,Comrade Ikechukwu Nwafor
has been suspended indefinitely from
office and therefore ceases to represent the
congress in that capacity as the chairman
while he faces full scale investigation.
“In his stead, Comrade Leonard
Nkah,state Vice Chairman has been
unanimously nominated into the position
as the Acting State Chairman of NLC
,Ebonyi State Council with immediate
effect.
“In view of the above, Comrade
Ikechukwu Nwafor,is hereby directed to
surrender all congress property and monies
in his possession to the new AG State
Chairman of NLC within 7 days. For the
avoidance of doubt,Comrade Ikechukwu
Nwafor was suspended indefinitely from
office for the following reasons:
“Failure to account for all the monthly
stipends and subventions received on
behalf of the congress from the state
government and other sources on Month by
Month basis. Failure to account for all the
monies received in respect of Democracy
Days, Independence Days and Workers
Days celebration in the state.
“Pension Reform Law 2014 in which
a state wide broadcast was made by the
governor that the 5% contribution by the
Government was allegedly suggested
by the Chairman of NLC and no refutal
was made bearing in mind the enormous
implication of the allegation”.


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