Thursday, 15 October 2015

#Benue NLC Crisis: New leadership Denied Access To Secretariat

Four months after the election of the new executives of Benue State council of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, the new leadership has neither received a formal handover note nor allowed access to their offices.

Vanguard learned in Makurdi, yesterday, that the newly-elected Mr. Godwin Anya-led executive was allegedly denied the use of the labour office by the outgoing executive, led by Simon Anchaver, who refused to hand over to the new leadership.

Speaking yesterday to Vanguard in Makurdi, Mr. Anya said he had not been able to function fully as state chairman of NLC, following the refusal of the former chairman to handover to him.

Anya said: “Elections were conducted; I was declared winner and sworn in same day, but no handover has been done four months after the elections.”
He disclosed that Anchaver’s action could be connected to the protest by a section of the labour leaders in the state against the outcome of the election that produced the new leadership.

He said: “After the elections, some people wrote to the national secretariat in Abuja, claiming that the elections were marred by irregularities.
“Consequently, the secretariat constituted a committee and those of us that contested the last election were called to state our cases.”

Anya said he was optimistic that Anchaver would hand over the NLC secretariat to him in due time. He said: “He had served two terms as NLC chairman and I did not contest election with him. We have started talking; the process of handing over has started. I know that the matter will soon be resolved.”

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