Subsidy strike: NLC accuses suspended Abia chairman of sabotage
On January 26, 2012 · In News
BY ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA—THE national leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has suspended the chairman of Abia State chapter of the congress, Comrade Silvanus Eyeh, for alleged sabotage during the week-long strike declared by NLC to protest removal of oil subsidy by the Federal Government.
In his stead, Abia State chapter of the NLC yesterday elected Comrade C.C. Ebeniro, 1st Vice Chairman of the congress, to act as the chairman.
Eyeh was accused of not properly managing the NLC/TUC strike in the state and was accused of having worked against the strike.
Though Abia workers did not engage in any protest or rally during the strike, Eyeh’s trouble started on the third day of the industrial action when Labour/TUC planned to hold a rally at School Road Primary School, Umuahia.
NLC/TUC members in response to radio announcement on the planned rally had gathered at the venue as directed and waited for hours for Eyeh and other leaders to arrive.
While they were waiting, words got to them that Eyeh and other leaders were called for a meeting at Government House by Governor Theodore Orji to appeal to them to cancel their planned rally/protest.
After the meeting, Eyeh emerged at the venue and announced to the disappointment and anger of the waiting workers that they should all go home and that the planned rally had been shelved.
The action infuriated the workers who attacked him and wanted to lynch him, but he escaped through the assistance of passers-by who hurriedly ferried him away.
The action of the suspended NLC chairman did not go down well with the headquarters of Labour which ordered his suspension.