The Ebonyi State government has accused the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) of heating up polity in the state following activities of the Chairman, Enugu State chapter of the union.
To stem the tide, the state government has written a letter to the national leadership of the body to caution the chapter chairman, Comrade Virginus Nwobodo.
The Special Assistant (SA) to the governor on Labour Relations, Mrs. Grace Chukwu, in a statement, flayed the unwarranted attacks on Governor David Umahi by Nwobodo, saying it was capable of causing industrial disharmony between the government and its workers over the state’s new pension scheme.
She said Nwobodo, who claimed to have represented the Zonal Chairman of the NLC (South East), Uchenna Obigwe, on a fact-finding mission over the contributory pension scheme, should be called to order.
He said that Nwobodo, who claimed in a newspaper publication to be on trouble-shooting mission to Ebonyi State, opted to make false allegations against Umahi and his administration over the issue of contributory pension scheme.
She said: “Comrade Nwobodo showed open bias in his comments, which are capable of causing disaffection between Government and its workers.”
Expressing surprise that Nwobodo came to the state to broker peace between two parties but only met one party and drew conclusions, she called on the National President of NLC to warn the Enugu labour leader against any acts that could bring division between the state government and its workers.
She said: “It is also regrettable that a man who came to mediate in an issue never bothered to meet with the second party to the dispute, which is the state government, represented by my office.
“It is a common practice that a man seeking to mediate in a crisis does not look for who is at fault but in gathering facts and brokering peace among the parties.
Comrade Nwobodo abandoned this truism by choosing to toe the part of partiality.”