By: Okunade Adekunle
The National leadership of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), has said that the union is fully in support of the ongoing industrial strike by the United Labour Congress (ULC).
The Union made this known through its General Secretary, Muhammed Sheikh, on Monday, in media chat, at the union secretariat, in Yaba, Lagos.
Sheikh said that the union is completely behind the leadership of Comrade Joe Ajaero, stressing that the union was happy what the Ajaero administration are doing in defence and championing the cause of workers.
In a communiqué signed by Sheikh for NUBIFIE, the union added, ” Following the hugely successful national delegates conference held on the 15th September 2017 where delegates freely exercised their rights to vote for their candidates and subsequent emergence of National Officers of the union through transparent election process, and the urgency required to consolidate on the stability and progress of our great union, unanimously resolved that the National Officers duly elected at the conference has the highest confidence and support of delegates to pilot the affairs of the union for the next 4years.”
The communiqué reads further, “That National Officers so elected should as matter of urgency, rebuild the reputation of the union and restore the waning confidence of the members. That all zonal councils should be properly funded and empowered to reposition the union in line with the new vision of the newly elected National Officers of the union.”
The General Secretary explained that the union agreed after the end of its National Delegates Conference that the new National Executives should work consciously to promote consultations and popular participation on policy formulation and execution.
“Membership recruitment drive should be given preeminent position in order to expand existing membership base to consolidate on its strength and capacity.
“That conscious effort should be made to improve relationships with all our employers (Banks, Insurance and other Financial Institutions) with a view to pro-actively and consensually address all contemporary challenges relating to employee-employer relationships”.