The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has approved the indefinite suspension, with immediate effect of the Deputy State President, Comrade Anestina Iweh and five others from the union.
Other officers of the Union affected by the suspension are, Comrade Owoanam Akpanwa-State Trustee, Comrade Kingsley Akpan-State Publicity Secretary, and comrade Imoh Udoeyop-Branch Chairman, Ibesikpo Asutan.
Others are Comrade Aniekan Ntia-Branch chairman, Esit Eket and comrade Monday Abak-Branch chairman-Ukanafun.
According to a statement signed by the Acting General Secretary of NULGE, Comrade C. Agwuonye and made available to our newsroom yesterday, the suspension was approved at the National Executive Council (NEC) held at the National Headquarter of NULGE, Abuja on April 26, 2017 following reports of their anti-union activities in Akwa Ibom State Chapter.
The statement also directed all affected officers to immediately handover all properties of the union in their possession to the State Secretary.
Confirming that the labour movement in the state, under the auspices of the NLC and TUC had made their positions clear in the matter, in consonance with the resolution of the National Executive Council (NEC) of NULGE, that comrade Martins Effiong remains the State President of NULGE till the expiration of his tenure, the letter revealed that the National President of NULGE had visited the state to resolve the issues affecting the union in the state and reaffirmed the solidarity that exists in the union.
Furthermore, the statement adds that the National Executive Council (NEC) had constituted a fact finding committee which visited the state and interfaced with all stakeholders of the union, government agencies and bodies relevant to the labour movement.
Comrade Kenneth Udoh, a labour veteran and stakeholder in NULGE, who also attended the NEC meeting, confirmed the indefinite suspension, saying that more is to come.
He advised the government to stop interfering in labour matters and sponsoring crises in labour unions to allow for industrial harmony in the state.
Comrade Udoh called on all workers in the unified local government service to remain calm, as NULGE is negotiating for the settlement of their entitlements.
This indefinite suspension according to some labour veterans was very imminent and conforms with the solidarity of labour.
One of the veterans who appealed to remain anonymous said he would have been surprised if the dissidents were allowed to continue parading themselves as labour leaders and called for stiffer sanctions to erring labour leaders.