By Agbo Sunday, Abakaliki
The crisis rocking the Ebonyi state chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress reached its crescendo on Wednesday as a factional group suspended indefinitely the embattled state chairman of the organized labour, Comrade Ikechukwu Nwafor over alleged financial impropriety.
In a meeting held at the state NULGE office in Abakaliki under tight security, the Splinter group thereby nominated the state Vice Chairman of NLC, Comrade Leonard Nkah as the Acting State Chairman with immediate effect.
The governor, Engr David Umahi had said that he would not recognize the leadership of Nwafor in the state due to the chairman’s alleged plot to cause infraction between the workers and the state government.
The factional group alleged that Nwafor has failed to account for all the monthly stipends and subventions received on behalf of the congress from the state government and other sources.
The group alleged that the sum of N350 deductions from the salaries of all Ebonyi workers each successive month was allegedly remitted into the personal account of the embattle chairman.
Nkah also alleged that Nwafor failed to account for all monies received in respect of Democracy Day; Independence Day and Workers Days celebration.
He added “for the avoidance of doubt, Comrade Ikechukwu Nwafor was suspended indefinitely from office for failure to account for all monies received in respect of Ezillo Peace Tree Planting; failure to account for the proceeds to NLC from the Government’s donation of four Commuter/Mass Transit Buses with additional N2million”.
In a swift reaction, Nwafor maintained that he still remains the state chairman of NLC in the state, stressing that his purported suspension did not follow the constitution of the Nigeria Labour Congress.
He noted that there was no financial problem in the union, promising “when time come if there is any need to address the media, I will talk point to point on the matters and am not aware of any suspension”.