By Jon Egie

Comrade Andrew Abbo briefing NNFA members during the NEC meeting

Comrade Andrew Abbo briefing NNFA members during the NEC meeting

The Annual Delegates Conference (ADC) of the Nigeria National Fitters Association (NNFA) has been fixed for 25th through 27th of October, 2013 in Edo State.

 

The date and venue of the ADC were fixed during a National Executive Council (NEC) of the NNFA held at the national headquarters of the association in Warri, Sunday, 7 July.

 

During the ADC election shall be held for the various offices that will make up the next National Executive Committee. Delegates from all zones across the country are expected to participate in the ADC with the Trustees of the association holding automatic tickets of attendance and exercise of franchise.

 

A 5-man election committee has been constituted to conduct election during the ADC. The committee is headed by the interim General Secretary of the association, Comrade Clement Ukpebitere. Other members of the committee are: Simeon Eyerite, Gomba Osarollor, Wealth Abugewa and Daniel Williams.

 

The committee was directed to screen candidates based on their character, integrity, loyalty to the constitutional provisions of the association, interest to serve and whether such a candidate is or not an ex-convict.

 

 

Cross section of NNFA members during the meeting

Cross section of NNFA members during the meeting

During the ADC an audit report of the Taiwo led administration and the period the interim committee held office shall be presented. All members of the association who have interest in serving at the national level were therefore directed to indicate such through the election committee.

 

Meanwhile, the association is still engaged in litigations over the purported merger of welders and fitters in a body called Nigeria Welders and Fitters Association (NIWELFA).

 

There were complaints of harassment of national officers of NNFA in Ogun State recently by a proxy action of NIWELFA officials who allegedly masterminded the arrest and detention of a team of NNFA officials led by Comrade Andrew Abbo, President of NNFA.

 

 

Hon Ambaiowei and other Trustees of the Asso

Hon Ambaiowei and other Trustees of the Asso

There were also reports of clash between members of NIWELFA and NNFA and Nigeria Welders Association (NWA) in various work sites across the country over which bod is legitimate to collect union dues from workers and or represent the interest of welders and fitters at work sites where there are job openings. The threat of host communities taking over control of allocation of job slots with total disregard to relevance of NNFA or NWA was highlighted with emphasis on the saboteur role played by the NIWELFA

 

 

The Gen Sec, Cmde Ukpebitere reads minutes of the previous meeting

The Gen Sec, Cmde Ukpebitere reads minutes of the previous meeting

The struggle for which takes what has engendered the NNFA to double up efforts to register the association with the Registry of Trade Union as an autonomous trade union, a dream which they hope to actualize soon.

 

Among those present at the meeting were: Comrade Andrew Abbo (President), Comrade Clement Ukpebitere (General Secretary), Jacob Borodegha (Chairman Bayelsa zone), Francis Oghenegueke (National Trustee),  Ovuakporaye (National Trustee), David Idemudia (Delta), Wilson Kakaide (Chairman Delta zone), Sunday Ishali (Secretary Ogun zone), Adewuyi Adenniji (Chairman Ogun zone), Gomba Osarollor (Secretary Rivers zone), Kasimu Bamayi (Chairman Edo zone), Ehiorobo Victor (Fin. Secretary Edo zone), Daniel Williams (Rivers), Marvins  Eneka (National Trustee), Abiodun Odunuh (National Trustee), Omoigberale Fred (Edo), Ambaiowei Ambaiowei (National Trustee), Wori Prince (Chairman Rivers zone), Christopher Elemuwa (Rivers zone ), Friday Okogun (Edo), Iyke Theodore (Delta zone), Agiri E.R. (National Trustee), Wealth Abugewa (National Provost), Onoshemeni Richard (Delta zone), Emmanuel Olisa (Delta zone), Stephen Awharode (National Fin Sec), Mombon Jarikre (Delta zone), Josiah Egbulefu (Sec Abia zone), Joseph Etukupo (Chairman Akwa Ibom zone) and Ayers Shimobi (Vice chairman Imo zone)