By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Enugu state council has apologized to Governor Sullivan Chime over the unsavoury remarks reportedly made by the NLC leadership following the Governorâ€™s inability to receive the protest rally by labour and civil society organisations on July 17, 2009.
In a statement by the Chairman, Mr Chris Ani, the council regretted the â€œerroneous impressionâ€ created by the media reports, restating the cordial relationship between the government and labour in Enugu state.
Said the NLC, â€œlet us be quoted rightly, the loyalty, solidarity and support of the congress to the present administration of Sullivan Chime is unshakeable.Â We always believe in one thing, and that is service delivery, which the government of Enugu state is known for today.â€
Continuing, the NLC said, â€œthe mass protest rally was successful in Enugu state. It was, indeed, peaceful and orderly.
â€œLabour in Enugu state assures His Excellency (Chime) of its total support in his cause to make Enugu state a home of peace and excellence. We shall ever remain committed to your administration.â€
It will be recalled that the national leadership of NLC had expressed its displeasure that Governor Chime did not personally receive them when the team visited the Government House to hand over a letter to President Musa Yarâ€™Adua through theÂ Governor.
In his response, Chuks Ugwoke, the Enugu State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism clarified that as at the time the NLC delegation waited, the Governor was in a security meeting over the robbery incident that left the Nsukka Divisional Police Officer, CSP Joe Ejitaga dead and four banks robbed of millions of naira.
Also reacting to the media report, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Enugu state chapter, condemned the â€œunwarranted incitement of Enugu workers and the people of the stateÂ against the Governor by the NLC leadership especially in their choice of who governs the state in 2011.
The state Chairman of PDP, Engr. Vita Abba, said the party took exception to the statements made by the NLC leader during the rally held at the Government House, Enugu where they described Governor Chime as â€œnot civilized.â€