Says Oshiomhole’s role ‘too cosmetic to resolve leadership crisis’
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As Nigerians joined their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s workers day, Chairman of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja chapter, Comrade Paulinus Onyeodi, yesterday said that the union’s veterans reconciliation committee headed by Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is “too cosmetic in its efforts to resolve the leadership crisis rocking the NLC”.
Comrade Onyeodi while commenting on the simultaneous workers day celebration by NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba in Abuja and the factional leadership of Comrade Joe Ajaero in Lagos, posited the parallel event was to demonstrate the committee’s failure to unite both sides.
He also said that the Ajaero group was not opposed to a united congress, but would continue to distance itself until “justice is done”.
According to the Chairman, Wabba has refused to tow the path of genuine reconciliation following allegations of malpractices during the NLC National Delegates Conference that produced him last year.
It would be recalled that as part of ongoing peace initiatives, the reconciliation committee had on April 18, 2016 in a resolution signed by Comrades Adams Oshiomhole, Hassan Sunmonu, Ayuba Wabba and Joe Ajaero agreed that “the 2016 May Day celebration should embrace all affiliates congress without exception”.
A copy of the resolution obtained by our reporter reads in part that “veterans of the trade union movement have tirelessly engaged the national leaders of our trade unions towards ensuring that the outcome of the 2015 National Delegate Conference did not lead to unending trade union disunity.
“This has led to patriotic compromises among our leaders in the face of ongoing challenges Nigerian workers and their trade unions have contended with”.
The FCT NLC boss, however said that the pre May Day celebration resolution was empty and “the Comrade Wabba’s leadership is not standing on a clean ground. So, we have no reasons to say that we are one”.
In any case, “if members of the committee show genuine commitment to reconciliation and Wabba accepts the truth, the crisis can be resolved,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the labour leader has said that the pay rise being canvassed by the congress “is not cast in stone, as such the government should embrace it and negotiate”.
Comrade Onyeodi, reiterated his commitment to serving workers in the FCT, saying he will continue to uphold the trust reposed on him.