By: Ade Adeleke
The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has dissociated itself and disowned a retired Deputy National secretary of the Union, Comrade Rasaki Lawal over its alleged activities to create unnecessary leadership crisis in the Union.
Similarly, the Southwest Zone leaders of the Union pledged their unalloyed support and corporation to the leadership under the National President, Comrade Ibrahim Kahleel.
These formed parts of the decisions reached at the meeting of the Southwest Leaders of NULGE held in Akure, the Ondo State capital and attended by all the six State Presidents in the zone.
In a Communiqué signed by the leaders and read by the Southwest Chairman, Comrade Abimbola Babalola, the Zone explained that despite the hands of brotherhood extended to Rasaq Lawal, he never rescinded on his anti-union actions of allegedly creating rancour within the rank and file of NULGE throughout the country in general and the south west zone in particular.
The meeting was hosted by the Ondo state President, Comrade Bola Taiwo.
The Southwest Leaders therefore, enjoined all NULGE members, State government, agencies, parastatals, law enforcement agencies to disregard any publication, memos, correspondence from him or his so called illegal caretaker committee.
“That despite the hands of brotherhood extended to Comrade Rasaq Lawal, he never rescind on his actions of creating rancour and crisis within the rank and file of NULGE throughout the 36 states and the worst hit, our dear zone (south west zone). The leadership vehemently kick against this unwholesome actions of his and subsequently stand against it.
“That the leadership of south west is in possession of the latest letter written and signed by Comrade Rasaq Lawal captioned: Re: Court dismisses suit seeking to restrain caretaker committee (CTC) established by National Caretaker Committee (NCTC) of NULGE and dated 24th August, 2020, this letter is not only misleading, it is also an impetus for gross acrimony and disaffection within the NULGE family.
“Our dear zone viewed this inglorious letter as an instrument of no retreat, no surrender by Comrade Rasaq Lawal hence our dissociation with him.
“That after several peace meetings the last of which was held on the 12th September, 2019 at the NULGE Secretariat Challenge, Ibadan, in Oyo State the leadership compassionately appeal to Comrade Rasaki Lawal to sheath his sword and allow for peace to reign in the best interest of the union.
“The meeting ended in deadlock as Comrade Rasaq Lawal openly insulted all the leaders and confessed his resignation of his affiliation with the zone.
“That Comrade Rasaq Lawal was served his retirement notice on the 16th August, 2019 and part of his retirement dues have been paid.
“Our dear zone pledge our unalloyed support and corporation to the national leadership of our great union, under the able leadership of the national president, Comrade Ibrahim Kahleel ADK (MNI),” the Zonal leadership said.
The NULGE leaders expressed support for the Southwest Governors over the take off of Amotekun Corps to tackle insecurity in the geopolitical zone.