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.