By Jon Egie

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The executive committee of the Nigeria National Fitters Association has formally dissolved the Comrade Taiwo Sofianu led administration.

In a meeting held at the Bayelsa State zonal office, Yenogoa, Sunday, August 5, 2012 the trade union resolved to dissolve the Comrade Taiwo Sofianu led administration that completed two tenure of office and expired on February 26, 2012.

The convention of the meeting was empowered by Rule 34 (VI) of the constitution of the NNFA which states that “simple majority of the national trustees shall have powers to convene an emergency delegate’s conference or emergency national executive council meeting during period of crisis without the consent of the national president and national secretary”.

It would be recalled that the NNFA has recently been in crisis over issue of a controversial merger which led to the dismissal of its erstwhile President (Comrade Taiwo Sofianu) and General Secretary (Comrade Joseph Odjomah) on July 29, 2012 leading to the setting up of a care taker committee headed by Comrade Abbo Andrew and Comrade Miphoro Victor as National President and General Secretary respectively with the mandate to steer the affairs of the association till August 1st, 2012.

Consequently, at the Yenogoa meeting held on August 5, the association appointed a 7-man committee led by Comrade Abbo Andrew and Comrade Clement Ukpebitere as the interim National President and General Secretary respectively.

Other members of the interim committee include Comrade Friday Okogu (PRO), Comrade Stephen Awharota (Fin Sec), Comrade Chukwuma Vincent (Treasurer) and Comrade Morrison Jarikpe (ex-officio) and Comrade Wealth Abugewa (National Provost).

They were mandated to run the affairs of the trade union for a period of six months with effect from August 6, 2012. During this period, they were further mandated to carry out an audit of the national secretariat of the Comrade Taiwo Sofianu two term led administration (February 2006-Feb 2012) and to call for an annual delegate conference for a proper election of the trade union.

At the meeting, it was also resolved that the following persons shall be new and existing trustees of the association and shall be entitled to execute the power in the manner as vested in the trustees for the execution of the objectives as contained in Rule 6 of the constitution of the association: Abiodun Odumuse,Francis Oghenekevwe, Gabriel Ovuakporaye, Ambaiowei Abaye Ambaiowei, Godwin Ilyoha, Elliot Agiri, Patrick Agwharinuare, Shola Tuyo, Douglanin Robbinson and Mavis Eweke.

The NNFA used the opportunity to alert the public of the development and disclaimed any body or group of persons parading themselves as officials of the Nigeria Welders and Fitters Association as no such body exists or is recognized by law, emphasizing that the NNFA is duly registered under Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act 2004.

“We therefore call on the general public and stakeholders in the oil industry to desist from dealing with the purported Nigeria Welders and Fitters Association as they are illegal and cannot represent the interest of NNFA.” A statement signed by Comrade Andrew Abbo (National President of NNFA) and Comrade Clement Ukpebitere (NNFA General Secretary) said.