Deputy national chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Emma Eneukwu, has appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to prioritise the welfare of workers and maintain a non-partisan stance.
He urged the NLC to reconsider its recent actions which have raised concerns about the organisation’s alignment with partisan politics at the expense of its primary mission – safeguarding the welfare of its members.
Eneukwu, who made his position known in a statement made available to journalists, acknowledged the NLC’s historical role as a champion of workers’ rights and interests.
He expressed dismay on recent activities that disrupted movements across the nation, suggesting that the NLC may be straying from its core responsibilities as a labor union.
“It is imperative that the NLC maintains its fundamental role as a protector of workers’ rights and wellbeing, engaging in partisan politics under the guise of a labor movement distracts it from the NLC’s genuine mission and, more importantly, may not be in the best interests of the nation,” he stated.
The deputy national chairman urged the NLC to refocus its energy and resources on issues of paramount importance, such as advocating for fair wages, workplace safety and social security.
” These are issues that profoundly impact the lives of Nigerian workers that the NLC represents,” he said.
He expressed strong condemnation for the recent blocking airports in the name of protests while campaigning for candidates in political parties.