The breakaway labour union, the United Labour Congress (ULC), has on Tuesday reconciled with the mother body, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna state, with a common resolve to vigorously pursue workers welfare.
Addressing journalists shortly after a joint state executive council reconciliation meeting, held at the Textile Labour House, in Kaduna, the state Chairman of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman and Chairman of the defunct ULC, Comrade Ephraim James Jonah, said the reconciliation will make the labour movement stronger and united.
According to the NLC Chairman, “We are here to inaugurate the reunion of NLC and ULC as one Congress after the decision of the NLC national secretariat. At the NLC NEC meeting on July 16, 2020, the two parties came together to hold joint NEC meeting and inaugurate the two factions into one entity.
“All parties have given their consent and agreed to work together. Kaduna state NLC council has inaugurated the reunion of the two labour centers. From today in Kaduna state, we have only one NLC with over 50 affiliates. Our coming together will give us more strength and unity and the workers will be loyal to support the struggle of NLC to fight for the welfare of ordinary workers.
“We have resolved to include the state executive of the ULC in the NLC, the state chairman of ULC, Comrade Ephraim James Jonah is now the state Vice chairman of NLC, Yahaya Danladi of Nupeng is now ex-officio of NLC, while women leader of the ULC, Eloho Otako is now ex-officio of NLC,” he said.
Commenting on the reunion, state chairman of defunct ULC, Comrade Ephraim James Jonah expressed delight that despite several failed attempts, the two labour centers finally were able to reconcile. “After falling apart in 2015, there were series of failed attempts to reconcile the unions.
“But at the national level they thought it wise to resolve the issue because the masses are at the losing end. The masses are the ones losing, so the efforts to reconcile restarted in December 2019 and picked up by January 2020 before we are finally able to resolve the issue.
“We are glad to be back home, we are glad to be in one house, we are glad to overcome the challenges. We have nasty experience in Kaduna but by coming together, now we are going to join hands to fight for workers welfare,” Jonah said.