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ULC flays labour ministry’s takeover of NUBIFIE


Joe Ajaero

The United Labour Congress (ULC) has condemned the purported takeover of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

According to the congress, the takeover and appointment of a caretaker committee to oversee its affairs was illegal.

A statement by the ULC General Secretary, Didi Adodo, urged the National Assembly to restore the union to the present executives led by its President, Musa Danjuma.

He urged all parties concerned to disregard the decision, adding that it would signal the beginning of government acting without legal backing to trample on workers’ legitimate organisations.

NUBUFIE’S crisis arose from series of petitions against its president, Danjuma, General Secretary, Sheikh Muhammed and Abdulrasheed Lukman.

A disclaimer was sent to the office of the Director, Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations Department, Omoabie Udeme Akpan.

However, at a reconciliation meeting by the union in October 26, 2017 in Abuja, it set up a 15-member caretaker committee to handle its affairs pending the election of new executives.

He added that the union had also just conducted a transparent delegate conference.

A director in the Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations Department chaired the meeting.

The committee also resolved that that the chairman and secretary, who shall be appointed from the ministry of labour and employment, would increase the membership of the committee to 17.

NUBIFIE, had in a letter to the ULC, alleged that the petitions against the union was masterminded by non-members of the union, some of whom had been promoted or retired.

The letter further accused the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, of anti labour acts.

According to the union, the plot is to undermine its activities and perpetuate instability to instigate industrial crisis in the finance industry.

“We are fully aware that these set of people at the ministry have been sponsored by Ayuba Wabba to destabilise the union in his desperation to threaten the rights of NUBIFIE to freedom of association, but we would not be moved.

“We wish to inform the congress that if this action is not checked, it may further aggravate matters and lead to an industrial crisis,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, sequel to the inauguration of a caretaker committee for NUBIFIE, a notice of meeting has been passed to members by the Secretary, Uyi Osagie.

The meeting is expected to hold on November 10, 2017 in Abuja. Efforts by The Guardian to reach the NLC proved abortive, as the General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson refused to comment on the issue.

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