Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has written a letter of protest to the president of the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity, OATUU, Accra, Ghana, against the termination of appointment of Comrade Owei Lakemfa as the secretary general of OATUU without recourse to due process.
A copy of the protest letter made available to newsmen in Kaduna and signed by the president, Comrade Joe Ajaero, stated that the attention of the National Administrative Council, NAC, of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, had been drawn to the sack of Lakemfa without due process, and that it called for concern.
The letter reads in parts: “Our attention has been drawn to the purported termination of employment of Comrade Owei Lakemfa, former acting general secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, as secretary general of the Organisation of African Trade Union Unity, OATUU.
“Comrade Owei Lakemfa was reportedly served with the letter of termination of his appointment as OATUU secretary general dated 25 February, 2015, on the 2nd of March, 2015, to take effect 29 November, 2015.
“We recall some unsubstantiated allegations against the secretary general as well as his purported suspension from office without opportunity of fair hearing.
“We are particularly concerned about the termination of his appointment without recourse to due process. Equally worrisome are other complaints bordering on gross abuse of his human rights, victimisation, harassment and intimidation, as well as non-payment of his legitimate earnings.”
According to the letter, until the allegations levelled against Lakemfa has proven beyond reasonable doubt and his right to fair hearing respected, the purported letter of termination of his appointment is not acceptable to the NLC.
“We therefore call on the leadership of OATUU to withdraw the letter of termination of appointment and urgently resolve whatever issues the organisation has with the secretary general in the spirit of justice and fairness, which are the hallmarks of the trade union movement.”
The letter was copied to the OATUU General Council, OATUU Executive Council, Alhaji Hassan Sunmonu, adviser, OATUU, secretary general OATUU and director general ILO.

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