The ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the United Labour Congress (ULC) of Nigeria has gotten a boost as the National leadership of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), signalled intent to join the struggle.
The NUBIFIE’s Chief Scribe Muhammed Sheikh in a chat with National Daily at the organisation’s secretariat yesterday said that owing to the just concluded delegate conference they could not join ULC on Monday when the strike commenced.
He said that the union is fully in support of the ongoing industrial strike by the United Labour Congress (ULC).
“The union is completely behind the leadership of Comrade Joe Ajaero, and happy with what the Ajaero administration are doing in defence and championing the cause of workers.
In a communiqué issued after the Quadrennial conference signed by Sheikh for NUBIFIE, the union noted that, ” Following the hugely successful national delegates conference held on the 15th September 2017 where delegates freely exercised their rights to vote for their candidates and subsequent emergence of National Officers of the union through transparent election process, and the urgency required to consolidate on the stability and progress of our great union, unanimously resolved that the National Officers duly elected at the conference has the highest confidence and support of delegates to pilot the affairs of the union for the next 4years”
The communiqué reads further ” That National Officers so elected should as matter of urgency, rebuild the reputation of the union and restore the waning confidence of the members. That all zonal councils should be properly funded and empowered to reposition the union in line with the new vision of the newly elected National Officers of the union”
The General Secretary explained that the union agreed after the end of its National Delegates Conference that the new National Executives should work consciously to promote consultations and popular participation on policy formulation and execution.
” Membership recruitment drive should be given preeminent position in order to expand existing membership base to consolidate on its strength and capacity”
” That conscious effort should be made to improve relationships with all our employers ( Banks, Insurance and other Financial Institutions) with a view to pro actively and consensually address all contemporary challenges relating to employee-employer relationships”.
According to NUBIFIE the new national officers are the following: Comrade Danjuma Musa -National President,Comrade Tony Apakpa-Deputy President, Comrade Johny Akwata-Deputy President,Chinedu Ogbonna-Vice President,Funke Hassan-Vice President,Comrade Alfa Peter-Vice President, Comrade Onoja Mathew-National Treasurer, Femi Makindipe-Deputy Treasurer,Akeem Balogun-Trustee, Onyekachi Emeka-Trustee,Ibrahim Gyang-Trustee, Kayode Arogundade-Auditor, Francis Ndife-Auditor,Adamu Garson-Auditor, Constance Agbaji-Female Representative.