Nigerian Welders disclaim NIWELFA
By Jon Egie
Welders across the country have dissociated themselves from the purported merger between the Nigeria National Fitters Association (NNFA) and the Nigeria Welders Association (NWA) in a false marriage called the Nigeria Welders and Fitters Association (NIWELFA).
During an extra ordinary meeting of the Nigeria Welders Association held in Warri, zone “B” the NWA described as “disgruntled” the members who were involved in the purported merger and deemed it necessary to correct the anomalies and misrepresentation of the objectives of the NWA by disclaiming them.
Consequently, the meeting appointed a six-man interim committee to run the affairs of the association with a view to healing the damage done by the disgruntled elements.
The interim committee members include: Joseph Idjai (Chairman), John Ijeh (Vice Chairmaan), Amayo Monday (Sec), John Omare (Treasurer), Smart Otunyo (PRO) and Kingsley Elelekumo (Task Force Chairman).
A statement signed by the Secretary to the interim Committee, Comrade Amayo Monday, shortly after the meeting highlighted the objectives of the NWA to include fostering unity and improving the well being and increasing the proficiency of professional welders in the oil and gas and allied industries in Nigeria and beyond.
The statement lamented that instead of making efforts to solidify the aims and objectives of NWA as reflected when it was registered on December 28, 1985 with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja “the so called NIWELFA Campaigners within their personal, myopic and warped understanding deviated from the objectives of the Nigeria Welders Association and went further to give false information that NWA and NNFA have merged and claimed that both associations are defunct,
“Under these misleading falsehood the members of the respective zones of NWA nation wide: zone A (Kaduna), zone B (Warri), zone C Port Harcourt),zone D (Lagos), zone E (Eket),zone F (Yenogoa), zone G (Owerri),zone H (Benin City) and zone I (Calabar) therefore vehemently declare that the NWA and NNFA are two separate, independent professional bodies in parallel existence and that we the members of NWA have no dealings whatsoever with the illegal association called NIWELFA”.
The statement threatened to bring to the notice of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) the activities of the disgruntled elements who parade themselves as members of NIWELFA for vigorous investigation in order to restrain them from further deceiving Nigerians, the oil and gas and allied industries and extorting money from them illegally.