Sunday, 22 December 2019

Calabar is no longer safe for Carnival, NLC speaks over Kidnap of state chairman

Ukorebi Esien | 23rd December 2019 

The Nigerian Labour congress in Cross River State has raised alarm over the insecurity in the state and the associated silence of the state governor over the kidnap of its state chairman, Comrade Ukpebi. 

The Labour body who spoke through its Vice Chairman in the state, Comr. Lawrence Achuta, Esq, said "The Organized Labour Community is deeply worried over the deplorable situation in the State. We use this opportunity to inform you that we can not guarantee industrial peace in Calabar during this festive period; as we can not pretend to glory, in the name of Carnival, when people are kidnapped in in the State almost on daily basis". 

The labour leader, who spoke to Newsmen in Calabar 5 days after the kidnap of the chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ukpebi, explained that Calabar, the state capital is no longer safe and visitors coming for the state's annual Carnival and Christmas festivities maybe risking their lives doing so this year. He also noted that the organized labour may likely down their tools since the governor is not paying attention to their cry for the release of their colleague and Chairman. 

The Union expressed strong concerns over the current insecurity experienced in the state, especially in the face of the festivity stating that the governor's seemingly insensitive attitude is making things worst, they also observed that even after sending a memo to his Excellency 12 hours after the kidnap there have been no response nor corresponding actions. 

Furthermore, the union threaten to down tools should government fail to respond to their demands for steps to be taken for the release of their colleague. 

In his response when contacted, the Special Adviser to gov Ayade on Media & Publicity, Mr Christian Ita said the government was working tirelessly to ensure the safe release of Com Ukpebi.

He said: "Government is work tirelessly with security agencies to free the NLC chairman and bring closure to this sad incident. It is unfortunate that this happened in the first place.

"However, the threat to down tools is unnecessary dramatization and will be unhelpful in the effort to free him from his captors.

" Incidents of this nature which has become a national concern given the frequency of occurrence around the country requires all hands to be on deck to arrest it," Ita said.