The leadership of the Concerned Citizens of Taraba, in Taraba state, has expressed concern over the alleged refusal of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, to embark on the process of electing a new chairman for the union.
Making their positions known on Thursday through a statement made available to journalists in Jalingo, the group who could not fathom why the union has continued to drag its feet on the delegate conference, urged those assigned with the responsibility of conducting the fresh delegate conference, to as a matter of urgency commence the process.
Signed by its coordinator, Abdullahi Ishaya Dominic, the delay in bringing on board new leadership, they said, had begun to negatively affect the union.
Wondering why the exercise which ought to take place on September 8th has constantly been postponed, the group who alleged that plans to hijack the process by some overzealous government functionaries, vowed to resist any attempt to impose a leadership on the union.
Also alleging that some top government functionaries have perfected plans to hijack the process by imposing unpopular leadership on the union, the need for the governor to wade in by calling such persons to order, they believed has become necessary.
Emphasizing their commitment to facilitating the selection of trustworthy leaders capable of revitalizing the union, he said it is imperative that the state governor, Dr Agbu Kefas, promptly extends the necessary support for the union to conduct its delegate conference.This conference will serve to elect a new executive committee tasked with overseeing the union’s affairs within the state, a step they consider vital.
“We, therefore, urge Kefas to foster an environment where all unions can have the freedom to pursue their objectives independently and ensure that no individual, regardless of their intentions, takes control of the process or attempts to undermine the will of the union members.
Aligning their weights to that of the concerned group, some of the union members who bared their minds to our reporter, vowed to tread extra legitimate miles to frustrate those planning to hijack the process.
The said delegate conference which ought to have been held early this month, was necessitated following the appointment of its former state chairman, Noseh Luka, as a Commissioner.