By Victor Ahiuma-Young, Kaduna
THE highest decision making organ of the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC, the National Executive Council, NEC, has givenÂ its leadership the mandate to join the government deregulation committee.
It has also named a 7-man team,Â excluding the President and General Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), who are automatic members, because they are oil industry operators,Â to join the Federal Committee on full deregulation of the downstream sector of the Petroleum sector.
NEC also resolved to drag a national newspaper that accused it of takingÂ N500m from government to compromise its anti-deregulation stance to court for libel.
At an emergency meeting held in Kaduna, Kaduna State, leaders of NLC selected its President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, its three Deputy Presidents, Comrades Onikoelease Irabor, Peters Adeyemi and Promise Adewusi, General Secretary, Mr. John Odah, one of its Vice-Presidents,Â Issa Aremu and its National Treasurer,Â Waba Ayuba for the team.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC,Â would have four members in the committee.
It will be recalled that at a meeting with the Federal Government led by the Acting President Goodluck Jonathan lastÂ February 22, government and Labour,Â including TUC agreed to set up a committee on deregulation to work out modalities for implementation of the policy.