By Emma Amaize
ASABA—CHAIRMAN, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Delta State, Mr David Ofoeyeno, has said that there was no parallel NLC in the state, adding that anybody parading himself as chairman of an analogous union was deceiving himself.
Ofoeyeno, who spoke to Vanguard in Asaba, said: “Let me correct the impression, there are no two NLCs in Delta State. As you can see, you came to the Labour House, which is the office of labour in the state and I think there is one NLC in Delta state and it is led by my humble self.”
There has been tension in labour circles in the state over a parallel NLC led by Mr Willaims Akporeha, a member of the Joe Ajaeros faction of the union, which is at loggerheads with the national leadership led by Ayuba Wabba.
Ofoeyeno said: “What happened is that there is a self-acclaimed chairman, who believes that because of the incident that happened at the national level in the NLC following the outcome of the previous election, he could still be parading himself as a parallel chairman. But I think, as at today, NLC is one, both in Delta State and at the national level.
“When you look at the union per se, we have about 46 industrial unions that are affiliated to NLC and as at today, only two unions, NUPENG and another one, are claiming that they are not satisfied with the last election held at the national level.
“However, in Delta State, all the unions participated in the election, even my predecessor, who was the former NLC chairman in the state, inaugurated the committee that conducted the election, so it is not true that in Delta State there are two NLC factions.
“There is just one NLC; there is no divided NLC in Delta State.”