Deputy National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, has emerged as the National President at the 13th National Delegates’ Conference of the NLC ongoing in Abuja.
The conference began on Tuesday, February 7 at the International Conference Centre (ICC) Abuja and is expected to end on Wednesday with the election of new national officers for a four-year period.
Ajaero was the sole candidate for the position of NLC President.
Ajaero, who until his emergence as NLC President was also the General Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), made history by emerging unopposed as the new labour leader.
Speaking on the matter with News Express, one of the delegates, Prince Emeka Kalu, National Vice President (South-East), Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers’ Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU), said: “History is already being made here. This is the first time a President of the Nigeria Labour Congress will be elected as a consensus candidate.”
Ajaero succeeds Comrade Ayuba Wabba, whose tenure as NLC President ends Wednesday.
Those to contest for the position of Deputy National President include Comrades Prince Adeyanju Adewale, Audu Amba, and Kabiru Sani.
Born on December 17, 1964, in Emekuku Owerri-North, Imo State, Ajaero has been NLC Deputy President since 2011. He has been the General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) since 2005. He was Research Officer One Mechanized Infantry Division Nigerian Army Kaduna between 1990 and 1991 (NYSC); Reporter/Correspondent and Assistant News Editor at Vanguard Newspapers 1992 – 2001; and Head of Training/Information, National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) 2001 – 2005.