The Senate Committee on Education on Thursday in Abuja urged stakeholders’ in the nation’s labour movement to uphold the virtues of internal democracy left behind by the late former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Paschal Bafyau.
The former minister also warned the NLC against division in its rank.
He also underscored the need for strong economic and political nomenclature for the labour movement in Nigeria to be truly independent.
Chukwumerijie said, “The involvement of labour movement in the struggle for political power is still battling through a dialectical process, but the labour movement as a corporate body is yet to make an effective entry on the institutional centre of Nigeria’s polity.
“But it is to the credit of Comrade Bayfau that the consciousness of this political necessity has been effectively planted in the hearts of workers.
“The least which workers owe to the memory of Bayfau is to protect the unity of the labour movement and gallantly resist any attempt to dismember the organisation.”
The NLC President, who was represented by the Deputy National President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, said perhaps Bayfau would be remembered most for the uniting front he brought into unionism.
Omar said in 1988, he united the democrats and progressive factions which were then engaged in fratricidal ideological struggle.
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