By: Awesome Ekene
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Anambra state has elected a new chairman of the Council. He is Humphrey Nwafor.
Nwafor who is the state chairman, Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), was returned unopposed in a by-election conducted at the council’s Secretariat in Awka, the state capital.
Speaking to reporters on Monday after the election, Returning officer of the poll, Comrade Igwebuike Jude, said the by-election which was a constitutional duty, followed unanimous declaration of the seat of the chairman vacant.
Igwebuike who doubles as State Chairman, Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, Anambra state, said the former NLC boss, Jerry Nnubia who had retired as civil servant, seized to hold any position in the union following elapse of his tenure on September 16, 2021.
He said, “The State Executive Council met and declared the seat of the former Chairman, Nnubia, vacant following his retirement from the civil service.
“It is constitutional provision and it states that after retirement you cease to hold any position in the union.
“Mr Nwafor will, however, complete the tenure of the Nnubia which is not less than 13 months,” he said.
In his acceptance speech, Nwafor pledged to run an all inclusive administration, as well as ensure implementation of minimum wage.
He said, “You can see the decay we’re facing in the system. The grassroots don’t have confidence again in the leadership organized labour in the state.
“Jerry Nnubia has signed agreement with government on minimum wage and its adjustment. We’ll look into all, including issues of incessant deductions so that members’ confidence in us will be revalidated.
“Thank God we’ll be having a Professor as the next governor who knows what it takes to run an administration. We’re going to work with him so all the organised labour will be happy.”
Reacting, the outgoing Chairman, Jerry Nnubia described the election as illegal and unconstitutional.
He said he would be formally handing over to a vice chairman of the council after a valedatory meeting of the State Executive Council.
“I was directed by the national Secretariat to convene a valedatory State Executive Council meeting/handover ceremony latest on Wednesday, December 22 to formally handover the reins to a vice chairman of the council, ” he added.