From all indications, Employees’ Day celebrations in Cross River State might not maintain as staff claimed to be unhappy over the kidnap of their Chairman, Comrade Ben Ukpekpi.
It might be recalled that Comrade Ukpekpi, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Chairman was kidnapped over a month in the past and has been with kidnappers since then as what they demanded can’t be offered by the union.
A dependable supply hinted DAILY POST that the abductors demanded for N150m earlier than the Chairman can be left off the hook they usually haven’t shifted floor.
The employees, our reporter gathered, would assemble at Freedom Park on Saturday and protest over the kidnap of their Chairman.
“There will likely be no Employees’ Day in Cross River State,” a senior civil servant who pleaded for anonymity advised DAILY POST.
Talking with our reporter on Thursday through cellphone, the Chairman of Commerce Union Congress (TUC) Monday Agbodim, stated “Employees Day in Cross River State is not going to maintain, however all staff will collect on the Freedom Park alongside Mary Slessor Avenue to protest the non-release of our chairman, that’s the solely program for the day.”
Concerning the kidnapped Chairman, he stated “We’re in fixed contact with him, however the abductors are demanding for N150m they usually haven’t shifted floor.
“From day one, they stood at N150m ransom they usually nonetheless demand for that, that is the primary of its form that anyone is kidnapped and the abductors nonetheless keep that with out that quantity they won’t launch the sufferer, 40 or 45 days after and they’re nonetheless standing on that quantity.”
Additionally talking, the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Cross River State Council, Comrade Victor Udu stated, “The kidnapping of the NLC Chairman has bothered me for a really very long time why it has been tough for safety businesses to safe his launch.
“Is it that the safety operatives haven’t carried out what they must do?.
“The people who had been kidnapped after him have been launched and he has not, identical to within the congress yesterday, my attraction is that the safety operatives ought to go extra-miles to make sure that he’s launched shortly and unharmed.
“And folks of that statue, folks which are within the eyes of the general public, who maintain such delicate positions must also be entitled to some safety, they shouldn’t be allowed to maneuver as freely as some other citizen.
“About Employees Day, how would they have fun it within the absence of the chief celebrant? That’s the man who must be on the centre of exercise however he’s languishing within the arms of kidnappers, why ought to there be a celebration?” he queried.