Benin, the Edo state capital played host to perhaps the largest gathering of activists in the city’s recent history   last Thursday when Governor Adams Oshiomhole,  immediate past president of the Nigeria Labour Congress marked his first anniversary as Governor of Edo state.

Comrades,  Hassan Sunmonu  and Ali Chiroma both former presidents of the NLC were in attendance. The incumbent,
Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar was also there.

Other trade unionists present included, TUC president, Peter Esele, former NUPENG general secretary, Frank Ovie Kokori, General secretary of textile union, Comrade Issa Aremu,
president  of textile union, Reginald Agulanna, NUPENG president, Peter Akpatason, president civil service union,
Ayuba Wanba, general secretary of the seniior staff association , Solomon Onaighnon and several others.

On the side of the activists, were, Dr. Joy Okei- Odumakin, Lanre Arogundade,  Odua Peoples. Congress leader,
Gani Adams,  Shehu Sanni  Edetan Ojo etc

Even political rivals were not left out . Governor  Babangida Aliyu of Niger state who was also the first
secretary of NLC in Niger state chaired the lecture presented by Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

Two time Governor of Edo state and former labour minister, Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia was not only in
attendance, he gave  Gov. Oshiomhole a pass mark.

Senator Jonathan Zwingina  of the rival Peoples’ Democratic Party was also there. Enugu and Delta states, both PDP
controlled states  also sent in high level representation.

Lagos HOS emerges administrator  of the year
The Centre for Policy Development and Political Studies has declared the Lagos State Head of Service, Alhaji Yakub Balogun as the Public Administrator of the year.

According to the results released by the centre yesterday which instantaneously led to wide jubilation among the state civil servants, Balogun scored over 6, 000 out of the total 10, 000 votes across the country, approximately 60 per cent of the votes.

In his reaction to the announcement, Balogun described the award as a demonstration of love by the voters.
His words; “As a public servant, I have had the privilege of being trained in the fine tradition of the Lagos State Public Service having had an excellent career spanning a little over three decades. “To a large extent, the award is a measure of confidence people reposed in this leadership.”

He stated that he was profoundly overwhelmed by the magnitude of support he received all over the country throughout the process.

Balogun  described the award as propeller to do more, saying he would continue to exhibit those excellent traits, which are  synonymous with good leadership in and outside public service.

As soon as the news filtered into Alausa, well wishers, mostly civil servants thronged the office HOS office in solidarity and to congratulate him. According to one of the civil servants, the HOS is more than a civil servant, adding, “He is a father to us all. He is calm and amiable.

Kolagbodi memorial lecture holds today
THE 13th annual Kolagbodi memorial lecture titled  “ Labour and Politics: the Challenges of Social Transformation of Nigeria”, holds in Lagos  today.

Organised by Kolagbodi Foundation (KMF) in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), this year’s lecture will be delivered an erudite scholar, human right activist, and former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Oladipo Fashina, of  Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), IleIfe.

Holding at the Banquet Hall, Lagos Travel Inn, on Toyin Street, by Allen Avenue , Ikeja, among other dignitaries
expected at occasion include, Comrade Abdulwahed Omar – President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC),  Comrade Peter Esele     – President-General, Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Mr. Michael Roll    – Resident Representative, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Nigeria President of Democratic Alternative (DA), DR. Abayomi Ferreira, will moderate

Deregulation why FG is insensitive —Omar
The first anniversary of Govenor of Adams Oshiomhole created another opportunity for president of the Nigeria
Labour Congress, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar to reiterate his views on the policy of the deregulation of the
downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

He told the audience that “ deregulation is a monster but government keeps  saying there is no going back”.

Omar expained “ It means since  you didn’t put us there (in government), you have no right to dictate to us”.

The NLC president commended the Edo people for their confidence in the Comrade Governor.  He assured them, “ This ceremony is going to mark the end of the first phase.  From today, it is going to be more action so that  the people who waited patiently will see more results”.


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