The 5th Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Union took place on Wednesday 28th – Thursday 29th September 2016 at Nigerian Airforce Conference (NAF) Centre, Plot 459, Ahmadu Belllo Way, Abuja.
The theme of the 5th Quadrennial Delegates Conference – Survival Strategies in a depressed economy was carefully selected considering the fact that the national economy was taking the reverse gear and the concerns of every Industrial and Organization was the way forward.
The out gone President – Comrade Boniface Isok while presenting his welcome addressed lamented the spate of factory closure and unprecedented redundancy in the sector thereby resulting in dwindling membership of the Union.
He asserted many factories have been turned to worship centers while some have become homes for miscreants where all sorts of criminal activities are taking place. He decried the State of power generation, insufficient infrastructure, insecurity, corruption among other issues he raised.
Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion were officials of the Federal Ministry of Labour & Employment, Registrar of Trade Unions, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress- Comrade Ayuba Wabba mni.who led other officials of NLC, the captains of Industry, the Executive Secretary & Vice President of Employers Federation, the Vice President of IndustriALL Global Union, the Presidents and Secretaries of other sisters Unions, the Union veterans and others who are numerous to mention.
Wednesday 28th September marked the opening ceremony which was anchored by Comrade Tunde Olagoke and Comrade Dakien Naankoeloeng while the afternoon-session was purely business where the letter convening the Delegates Conference and other reports were read and adopted.
The 2nd day of the programme – Thursday 29th September 2016 witnessed constitution review and adoption. Significant review that touches on gender equity was proposed. The proposal sought to formally conscript women committee of the Union, formalize and be accommodated it in the Union constitution in tandem with ILO convention and NLC gender affirmative policy. This received overwhelming approval of all the delegates.
The 2nd leg of day two activities was the election of new leadership after the reading and adoption of conference resolution. With the dissolution of Isok - led administration by the National Secretary- Comrade Douglas Adiele, the election proper started with the reading of the guidance for ballot papers.
The election which was conducted by Cde Valentine Udeh of NLC, Cde John Onyenemere and Comrade Reginald Agulana with the Assistance of the Union full time officials produced the under listed as the winners of their various positions
The following emerged successful in a keenly contested and free and fair election.
S/NO. NAME TITLE COMPANY
1 B.G. Olatunji National President Vitafoam Nig. Plc, Ikeja - Lagos
2 Abuato Emmanuel Dep. Nat. President Nycil Limited, Otta
3 Isyaku Musa Abuja ” ” ” West African Ceramics Ltd.,Suleja
4 Sabo Kabiru Nat. Vice President Mahaza Tannary, Kano
5 Salisu Ganiyu Olajide ” ” ” PZ Cussons Plc, Ilupeju - Lagos
6 Olawoyin Olufemi J. ” ” ” Mouka Foam Limited, Lagos
7 S. Daniel Akamadu ” ” ” Kaydee Ind. Limited, Asaba
8 Bolarinwa O. Sunday National Treasurer Olam Nig. Limited, Akure
9 Boniface Ijoko Dep. Nat. Treasurer Clay Ind. Nig. Limited, Oregun
10 Azeez Sadiq National Trustee Green Eagle Cork Ltd., Oregun
11 Emi Ini Orok ” ” Lorna Nig. Limited, Ikeja
12 Elijah A. Otor ” ” Unique Pharm. Ltd.,Sango - Otta
13 Abdullahi Alhassan ” ” Mario Josse Enterprises, Kano
14 Adebisi Adekunle E. National Auditor Unilever Nig. Plc, Oregun, Lagos
15 Madubunze Roseline ” ” Celplas Nig. Ltd., Matori, Lagos
The Swearing-in ceremony was conducted by the Legal Advisers of the Union Barrister: Simon Ameh & Barr. Goddy Ezimoha while the newly elected President gave his acceptance speech where he made it known that he was going to operate open door policy and will find a way of accommodating the opponents in his administration noting that Union should be strengthened by forgetting all the propaganda and castigation before the election.