The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has elected Joe Ajaero as its national president.
Ajaero, former general secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), won on consensus vote at the 13th NLC national delegates conference in Abuja.
Ajaero takes over from Ayuba Wabba, who took office in 2015.
In his acceptance speech, the new NLC president said the executives are committed to pursuing the interest and desires of workers and Nigerians.
He promised that his leadership would speak for the millions of Nigerians and also seek a platform to lift them out of poverty.
”We, therefore, pledge our loyalty to the NLC, workers, the Nigerian people and the country. Our thoughts and actions shall be propelled by this avowal,” he said.
He said his leadership will pursue a new national minimum wage law that will take into consideration the objective reality of the socio-economic situation, and expand its reach to capture more workers.
He said the wage review law will be addressed through the national labour advisory council, to ensure that all loopholes exploited by employers on making workplaces more decent, are blocked.
“We urge all employers of labour who have unsettled issues with their workers and unions to immediately resolve them to avoid our intervention,” he said.
Ajaero also urged the government to review the privatisation policy on the electricity sector.
Other members of the executives elected include Adewale Adeyanju, deputy national president; Audu Amber, deputy national president; Kabiru Sani, also a deputy national president.
Also elected are Ambali Olatunji, national treasurer; Benjamin Anthony, vice-president; Steve Okoro, vice-president; Michael Nnachi, vice-president; Olawole Sunday, vice-president; Marwan Adamu, financial secretary; Williams Akporeha, national trustee; as well as Babatunde Olatunji, Mohammed Ibrahim and Haruna Ibrahim as internal auditors.
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