The new leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Ebonyi has assured workers that the union would protect their interest and insist on enhancement of workers’ welfare.
The Acting Chairman, Mr Leo Nkah, spoke on Thursday in Abakaliki at a pre-May Day Rally, with the theme: : `Repositioning NLC for enhanced workers’ benefit.’
Nkah became the acting chairman following the removal of Mr Ikechukwu Nwafor, who was accused of abuse of office and financial related offences.
Nkah said that the purpose of the rally was to interact directly with the members since the inception of his administration.
He also said that the event was mainly to interface with workers and intimate them on what to expect from the new NLC leadership.
“Since the change of leadership in NLC, all that people have been hearing are through third party medium.
“We decided to use the rally to interface with workers, talk with them and give them hope on what we can achieve from the state government, that has not been possible before now, ” Nkah noted.
Nkah assured workers of rapid response and implementation of their welfare shortly after Easter celebration.
Gov. David Umahi, on his part urged workers to exercise patience as his administration was committed to enhancing their welfare.
Umahi, represented by Mrs Grace Chukwu, Senior Special Assistant on Labour Matters, promise to review workers’ needs such as salaries, leave allowances and promotions.
“We will review workers’ salaries, leave allowance and promotion; government requires workers’ patience, ” he noted.
Members of the affiliate unions of NLC participated in the rally.
Some of the members carried placards with inscription affirming the support to the new NLC leadership.
Some of the placards read: “ Nkah is our hero,’’ “No more exploitation of workers,’’ Thank God we are out of Egypt,’’ among others.
NAN further recalls that Nwafor was removed after a State Council Meeting of the NLC.
A communiqué issued after the meeting accused Nwafor of failure to account for all monthly stipend and subventions received on behalf of the congress from the state government and other sources on money. NAN