Abuja - Some workers have called on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), to put its house in order to enable it to speak with one voice on issues concerning their welfare.
Those who spoke in Abuja on Thursday, described the threat to split the congress as a "disgrace and disappointment’’ to the country.
Frank Adewunmi, a civil servant, said it would be difficult for Nigerian workers to speak with one voice in the in-coming government if the threat materialised.
He stressed the need for unity in the congress for the workers to achieve a common goal.
Another worker, Emeka Uba, said the threat to factionalise NLC was a show of shame.
"NLC, over the years, has been a platform from which workers mount pressure or try to influence government in one way or the other.
"If NLC, the mouth piece of workers, can disappoint Nigerians this way with their infighting, then, on what platform will the workers stand in making agitations to the government.
"What moral justification does the NLC has now to convey or criticise ills of the society, especially in the forthcoming general elections?
"I think they have lost that locus-standi. I am disappointed.
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Uba said that the other groups in the congress had the right to protest if they felt shortchanged, but urged them to reconcile in line with the call by the newly elected president, Dr Ayuba Wabba.
Another worker, Gladys Etu, said NLC was supposed to be seen as a body through which the voices of Nigerian workers were heard.
Three members of the congress - Joe Ajaero, and Igwe Achese and Isah Aremu (who vied as president and deputy presidents respectively) but lost, had since rejected the result and planned to convene another delegates’ conference in Lagos on March 21.