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Ajaero faults Waba on composition of reconciliatory committee

UFOMBA UZUEGBU , Asst News Editor

Hopes for speedy resolution of the crisis rocking the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) may have been dashed as factional leader Comrade Joe Ajaero has  rejected the eight-man reconciliatory  committee set up to woo back members of the Congress who were protesting  outcome of  NC’s elections in Abuja.
Ajearo who spoke in Lagos at the inaugural meeting of the Central Working Committee of his group said the President-elect of the Congress, Comrade Ayuba Waba lacked  moral and legal rights to constitute such reconciliatory committee.
He argued that the elections that brought Waba to the office were fraught with fraud and irregularities and wondered why the former would  hurriedly constitute the committee when it was obvious that he’s not the right occupant of the office.
He also said Comrade Aliyu Dangiwa who was appointed to head the eight-man committee is not qualify to superintend such because he’s a biased umpire given his body language and actions at the 12th Delegates Conference in Abuja.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting which was signed by Ajearo, the Central              Working Committee  (CWC) reaffirmed  its commitment to the unity of labour movement in Nigeria based on the principles of trade union independence ,fairness, strong internal democracy, equity, solidarity, gender balance and justice.
The CWC congratulated the new Minister of Labour and Productivity,Senator Joel Danlami Ikenya and advised him not to  dabble into internal affairs of trade union movement in Nigeria.
It warned the Federal government that it would resist any attempt to hide under the exercise of implementation of  the Oronsaye Report to sack workers in the public sector and deepen unemployment crisis in the country.
It expressed solidarity with the National Union of Local Government Employees on its consistent demand for independent local government administration in the country.
It also expressed solidarity with the Maritime Workers Union over its struggle with Port Terminal Operators for the review and renewal of conditions of service of port workers.

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