The Chairman, Delta State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Williams Akporeha has appealed to members of Congress in the state to shun acts capable of causing disunity and rancour among labour leaders in Delta State.
Comrade Akporeha made this appeal at the state Congress Administrative Council meeting held on Tuesday this week. The state NLC Chairman particularly noted with dismay, alleged activities of the Second Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Tony Toki, who is said to be indirectly working against the success of the current Chairman of the state Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) Comrade Goodluck Ofoburuku.
Comrade Akporeha said, “let me strongly appeal to the Second Vice Chairman of NLC in Delta state, Comrade Tony Toki to desist from factionalising labour in the state”, adding that “rather, channel his effort to those things that will always strengthen congress for the overall benefit of the general workforce in the state”.
Describing the alleged activities of Comrade Tony Toki as retrogressive, the Delta state NLC Boss urged his Second Vice Chairman not to embark on an inglorious act of destroying the very house he laboured assiduously to build. “Having successfully supervised the election that brought in the current state Joint Negotiation Council leadership of Comrade Goodluck Ofoburuku, after four years of your own tenure as Chairman of the Council, it will rather be retrogressive and anti-congress to try to topple that same leadership within one year.”
Comrade Williams Akporeha therefore counselled Comrade Tony Toki not to listen to those he said, “claimed to be God of labour in the state” whose only interest according to him,” is to divide and weaken labour movement in Delta state for their selfish gains”.
The Delta state NLC Chairman also used the opportunity to appeal to those fanning the embers of division within congress in the state to refrain, adding that “labour movement is greater and will outlive any individual”.