From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
NIGERIA Labour Congress (NLC), Kogi chapter has elected new Executive Council members with Comrade Gabriel Amari emerging new Chairman to pilot the affairs of the organised labour in the next four years.
Amari who was of Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Kogi chapter was elected un-opposed along with other members of his eight-member Executive Committee at the 8th Quadrennial State Delegates Conference.
Other Executive members elected were Comrades Ebenezer Adeyemi and Opaluwa Eleojo as Vice Chairmen; Salifu Joel As Treasurer; Omuya Momoh and Awodi Ochala as Adutors; and Bolanle Inubiwon & Oyiza Sanni as Ex-Officios.
Comrade Joe Ajaero, National President of the NLC who was represented by Comrade Roseline Uba, NLC National Returning Officer, supervised the exercise later inaugurated the new Executive members.
Ajaero urged the new Exco to surpass the achievements of the immediate past Exco, and ensure harmonious relationship with the State Government for the benefit of workers in the state.
Earlier, the Chairman Accreditation Committee of NLC Delegates Election, Comrade Saliu Oganza, said eight candidates applied for eight available elective positions and were returned un-opposed as there were no other contestants.
In his acceptance speech, the new Kogi NLC chairman, Amari commended the immediate past Chairman, Comrade Onuh Edoka and his Exco for laying a solid foundation and promised to consolidate on their numerous achievements in office.
”With your support and cooperation, we will move Kogi workers to the next level. I assure you that we shall not disappoint you and the confidence you have reposed in us”, Amari said.
Comrade Amari however, appealed to the State Government to hold quarterly meetings with the organised labour so as to be at abreast with workers welfare.
Governor, Yahaya Bello, who was represented by the state Head of Service, Mrs Hannah Odiyo, congratulated the new Exco, and commended the leadership of the Organised Labour for their show of patriotism and maturity in ensuring industrial harmony.
He assured that Government would continue to make workers welfare its priority, stressing that the welfare of workers was at the heart of the government as he solicited further cooperation of Organised Labour.
Earlier, in his valedictory speech, Comrade Onuh thanked the entire workers in the state for their unprecedented support and cooperation, and urged them to extend same to the new Exco.