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Bailout Fund Committee: Abia NLC Bickers Over Membership

Posted: Oct 3, 2015 at 3:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emeka Okafor, Aba


Internal bickering has engulfed the leadership of the Organized Labour in Abia State over its representation at the recently inaugurated State Bailout Committee of which the organized Labour is among those being represented at the committee.

This development is coming on the heels of a factionalized NLC at the national level, a situation which has created two factions in the state.

The representation   by the Comrade Obigwe leadership is now causing ripples among labour leaders especially his recent remarks that the N14 billion Bail out fund would not be enough to cover in the payment of workers gratuities by the state government.

Meanwhile, the State Public Service Negotiating Council (PSNC) has dissociated itself from the demand made by the factional NLC Chairman, Comrade Obigwe for an additional N25 billion for the state.

Reacting on the demands made by Comrade Oibigwe, the State chairman Joint-Negotiating Council Comrade Chris Okoro wondered why the factional leadership of NLC should make such unwarranted

call since the committee have not concluded its assignments.


Speaking with newsmen, comrade Okoro said “we are still working as committee and the committee has not come out with the wage bill of the work force that are expected to be settled with the amount of N14 billion, so how can one jump into conclusion that the money won’t be enough to cater workers wage bill”, he said.

Dissatisfied by Obigwe’s claims on media, another State factional NLC Chairman, Comrade Christopher Ezekiel described as total misleading; as such utterance was capable of igniting protest by workers in the


Briefing newsmen in Aba, Comrade Ezekiel accused Obigwe’s led-factional group as not only making blatant lies but was seen representing government instead of trade union and Abia workers. He noted,,” Obigwe has no mandate to speak for Abia workers as according to Comrade Ezekiel, Obigwe’s led group was suspended twice by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the State under Comrade S.O. Eyeh and the organized labour under Comrade C.N. Okoro and had two court orders from High Court Umuahia and National Industrial Court holding at Owerri respectively as he observed any dealing with Comrade Obigwe by whatever means definitely amount to court contempt”.Comrade Ezekiel further revealed, Obigwe by the order of the competent court has no fundamental right to parade himself as a labour leader until the substantive suit is determined by the competent court like national industrial court adding he has no basis or constituency to have even contested NLC election in Abia State, more so representing NLC and Abia workers in the bailout committee set up by

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.