The lingering crisis rocking the National leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress may have gone bizarre as the factional war took its toll at the Edo State Chapter of the Union’s delegate conference yesterday with the emergence of two State NLC Chairmen.
The once peaceful Edo NLC became polarised as they held parallel congresses at the Da Civic Centre and Royal Marble Hotel respectively, with one faction returning the outgoing state NLC Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Ademokun while Mr. Eddy Ossai of the National Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, emerged as elected Chairman of the other faction.
Speaking with newsmen, Eddy Ossai who noted that the Union under which he was elected has 16 affiliate bodies, promised to work in tandem with the directives from the Comrade Joe Ajero led national executive of the NLC.
He berated the State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for taking sides with the Ayuba Nwaba faction of the NLC, adding that as former NLC president he ought to have been neutral and remain a father of all.
He then expressed possibility of settling the factional crisis facing the congress, if ex-labour leaders can come together with a determination to resolving the issues.
At the venue of Ademokun’s re-election, workers under the Coalition of Edo State Owned Tertiary Institutions interrupted the State Commissioner for Establishment and Special Duties, Comrade Didi Adodo, who was delivering the Governor’s speech, complaining of arrears of unpaid salaries.
The state commissioner for Establishment refuted the workers allegations arguing that all that is due the workers as salaries have been remitted to their institutions as subvention.
“If you are saying we are owing, I disagree with you but however, the government can always meet and sit with you to look at the problem you feel you are having as regards payment of your salaries.”

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