A vice President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and General Secretary of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, has said the National Delegates Conference, NLC, of NLC, holding between February 9 and 11, 2015, goes beyond election of officers.
At a briefing, Aremu said “NLC Delegates Conference is significant to the working class because it features agenda setting, assessment of the state of Congress, proposed constitutional amendments and debate and adoption of Motions on critical issues affecting the workers namely wages, security of work, employment, pension, health and safety among others.”
He called on the Comrade Abdulwahed Omar-led NLC to keep to the spirit and content of a democratic NLC Constitution and avoid any action capable of creating crisis in the NLC on the eve of the historic 11th Delegates Conference, saying “as a product of credible, free and fair election, the masses of Nigerian workers expect the NLC President to keep to his oath of office by ensuring that the coming election is held in accordance with the sprit and content of the Constitution of NLC. Any action in the contrary will be deemed illegal, unconstitutional and unacceptable.”
Aremu urged NLC to obey its own rules, stressing “NLC’s voice demanding for free and fair election in Nigeria cannot be respected if it does not obey its öwn rules. He that seeks equity must do equity and must come with clean hands.”
He recalled that NLC was formed by Nigerian workers in 1978 and has successfully conducted 10 Delegates Conferences. Of the 10 Delegates’ conferences, three (3) were special Delegates Conferences as fall-outs of military disruption of independent and autonomous democratic union process; 1977/78 (Murtala/Obasanjo military regime), 1988 (IBB regime) and 1999 (AbdulSalami regime), following Abacha’s dissolution of the NLC executive in 1994.
The highpoint of the Delegates Conference is election of the new 17 National Officers that include; President, three Deputy Presidents, five Vice Presidents (1 reserved for Chairperson of National Women Commission of Congress), Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Trustee, three Auditors and two Ex-Officio.
Consequently, Comrade Abdulwahed Omar after successful 2-term in office as NLC President is expected to step down to pave the way for election of new President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).