Akwa Ibom, NLC To Establish National Labour College

Akwa Ibom State Government has expressed its readiness to partner the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in the establishment of a National Labour College, an institution that will train and retrain workers within and outside the country.
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, who made this known when he declared open the 13th NLC Rain School 2015, themed “The Labour Movement and the Politics of Change in Nigeria,” at the Workers’ Solidarity Centre, Atan Offot, Uyo, on Monday, said the labour union was a dependable ally towards fulfilling the his administration’s promises and programmes of industrialization and wealth creation.
“The labour union in the state has been a dependable ally in fulfilling the promises and programmes of industrialization and wealth creation. That is why we pay salaries to workers when it is due. Let me, therefore, pay tribute to the State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Etim Ukpong, for proving an exemplary leadership that is worthy of emulation and build on the foundation which his predecessors had developed in the state. The organized labour and the state government have, for years, enjoyed the most cordial relationship in working together to provide the dividends of democracy to our people and watching each other’s back.”
Governor Emmanuel said the spirit-of-togetherness enjoyed by both labour and the state government was unparallel, noting that he had also ordered for prompt payment of gratuities owed workers from 2000 – 2011 and backlogs cleared.
He acknowledged the contribution of the NLC Rain School to nation development, according to him “The NLC Rain School is the flagship of Nigerian Labour Congress’ educational service and a crucible were labour leaders are trained, refined and equipped with the requisite skills for effective leadership. This process has contributed immensely and immeasurably to the development and advancement of leadership in our country.”
“The theme of the NLC Rain School 2015 is timely, particularly when considering the role of the labour congress in the advancement of democracy in our country. And sustaining of democracy in our country demands the concerting efforts of the stakeholders in the Nigerian project including the labour congress and workers; it requires the spirit of solidarity, a deep sense of reflection which the organized labour is known for. At every crossroads of our journey as a country, including this time, the labour union has remained a force in shaping, directing and charting the way forward. In our efforts in entrenching and deepening democracy, the Nigerian Labour Congress has played a significant role. However, it is the demand of history that whatever a man fights to gain, he must maintain.”
He charged the NLC, as a key role player in the advancement of democratic ideals in the nation’s polity, to always “ensure that politics is not seen as bloodspot, that the noble ideals of democracy is celebrated and projected, that divisive tendencies, mutual fears and distrusts are thrown away, that it internalized and instilled in the minds of our compatriots a new political thinking.”
In declaring open the programme, Governor Udom added that “the NLC Rain School gives us hope that our country is on the path of progress and advancement. It is my assurance that, as a government, we will support the setting up of the National Labour College as offered to us because we believe in excellence.”
In his remarks, the NLC National President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, expressed appreciation to the state government for constructing and donating a masterpiece edifice to the NLC for the Rain School, one he said will in a short while become a permanently structure for the proposed National Labour College.
Comrade Wabba lauded the state government for its readiness to partner the organized labour in the area of education, adding that the leadership of the NLC was committed to educating and training its members for the betterment of all.
He appreciated the State Council for the role it played during the last Delegate Conference, for the mandate given him and urged that the spirit of unity be enshrined in them, knowing that they represent the greater majority of Nigerians who are at the receiving end
Responding, the State NLC Chairman, Comrade Etim Effiong, said the union was grateful with government for its decision to take the school to another level and appealed that the training and retraining of workers be made a priority by government.
Comrade Effiong solicited government intervention in the issue surrounding the recent retrenchment of workers by ExxonMobil.

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