- Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, the Rivers state governor has advised Ayuba Wanna president of NLC not to allow politicians to penetrate his ranks
- Wike told Comrade Wabba that he is now a politician because he is no longer as strong as he use to be
- Wike urged Wabba to work for the union to be strong because it is in the interest of the nation
Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, the Rivers state governor said that Nigerians are not happy with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).
Wike on Friday, July 14, disclosed that Ayuba Wanna, president of NLC, paid him a courtesy call at government house, Port Harcourt.
According to him, the congress is no longer as strong as it used to be because of the division within its ranks, Leadership reports.
The governor said:“Nigerians are not happy with the NLC. With due respect, you people are now politicians.You are no longer as strong as you use to be.
“I remember when Jonathan was president, you wanted to pull heaven down just for the slight removal of petroleum subsidy. Now they have removed everything and nothing has happened.”
‘’You have allowed politicians to penetrate your ranks and you now have two factions. Factionalization is not the best. I urge you to work for the union to be strong as this is in the interest of the nation.”
The governor however urged the congress to make everything possible to gain ground among Nigerians so that there be necessary support from them where it is needed.
Wabba was said to have earlier commended the governor for the regular payment of salaries and pensions.
The NLC president said: “We have interfaced with workers and they said you have been regular in the payment of salaries and pensions.
“The trade unions asked me to express their gratitude particularly on the issue of regular payment of salaries.
‘’This certainly, we have to appreciate because we are aware that in some states, they have difficulty in that aspect. In some states, they have even contemplated retrenchment.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that an affiliate member of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), NUTGTWN threatened a nationwide strike if the government failed to begin the process of reviewing workers’ minimum wage.
The union's national president, Comrade John Adaji and general secretary, Comrade Issa Aremu issued the threat on Thursday, May 11, in Kaduna.
Watch the emotional video below of a government worker lamenting to NAIJ.com about her irregular salary.