Organised labour under the aegis of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned state governors embroiled in a dispute over the outcome of the recent election of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) against overheating the polity. The NLC also honoured some of its departed heroes by naming some edifices after them.
Rising from its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Wednesday in Abuja, the Congress noted that while the governors had the right to organise themselves, it should be within the civilised norms of society.
A communiqué issued at the end of its meeting, read: “Congress therefore refuses to believe that governors who are themselves beneficiaries of supposedly credible elections cannot organise themselves, a class of 36.
“This presupposes that something fundamental must have gone wrong somewhere. Whatever it is, the governors and their fellow travelers in power should quickly fix it.
“As critical custodians of people’s mandate and grand beneficiaries of our democracy, there are certain things governors must not be seen to be doing.”
The communiqué signed by Abdulwahed Omar and Chris Uyot, president and acting general secretary of NLC, respectively, also read: “In the light of the foregoing, we call on our governors to create value around as well restore dignity to their office, get back to work instead of unnecessarily overheating the polity, not to put in jeopardy our hard earned democracy; respect the process and outcome of their election.”
According to the communiqué, the congress decided to honour some of its departed heroes, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the nation’s labour movement by naming its secretariat in Lagos after the labour leader number one, Pa Michael Imodu.