The Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) has described late Pascal Bafyau, a former President of the congress, as a visionary, pragmatic and proactive leader of the Nigerian workers.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba said this at the 10th Memorial Lecture of Late Comrade Pascal Bafyau on Tuesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bafyau, who was the third president of the NLC, died on May 15, 2012.
According to Wabba , the emergence of Bafyau as the president of NLC in 1988-1994 was very significant and it was no less historical and phenomenal.
“The depth of commitment of Bafyau was evidenced in many of the legacies he bequeathed to the Labour movement including the construction of the gigantic edifice of the Labour House in Abuja, named after him.
“He used his personal and institutional leverage within the then military government of General Ibrahim Babagida to demand that NLC should be given choice land in the Federal Capital Territory.
“He also invested his energy and goodwill in attracting funding for the project, as a result of his commitment NLC was able to attract the seed money of about N 16.3 million used for design, soil test, clearing, among others for the Labour House,’’ he said.
The NLC president added that Bafyau demonstrated that labour leaders also possessed great business and administrative acumen as he then liaised with the National Provident Fund (NPF), known as the Nigeria Social Investment Trust Fund (NSITF).
“That is to contribute additional funds for the completion of the Labour House that he was determined to pursuit.
“Beside numerous workplace benefits that he won for Nigerian workers include the review of the national Minimum Wage, review of gratuity and pension qualifying period, review of Nigeria Workers Compensation Act, elongation of salary for all category of workers, among others, ’’ he said.
Wabba, however, urged all not to lose sight of the lessons the Bafyau left behind that include unflinching commitment, loyalty and sacrifice for the cause of the Nigerian workers and labour movement.
He also called on all to learn from the humble disposition of Bafyau that earned him the Vice-Presidential slot with the Late M.K.O Abiola.
Also, Sen. Jonathan Zwingina, Guest Lecturer at the event, described the late Bafyau as a calm organiser and mobiliser and had the natural abilities to provide leadership to various segments of labour unions and some political elites, among others.
Zwingina said Bafau had the humility to relate with vulnerable groups and equally shouldered their responsibility. He also had cordial relationship with the rank and file as well as the high command of the military.
“As we discuss Bafyau , we have to remember that quality leadership in the labour movement and even polity generally must be the one that contains legacy and structures.
“We should remember that the intellectual movements in the labour congress must learn to document the achievements and activities of various leaders in order to build the history of the Labour movement, ’’he said.
Mrs Jessica Bafyau, the wife of late Bafyau, commended the NLC and all Nigerian workers for their support and show of love towards her family.
She urged the leadership of the NLC to be steadfast and to continue to move the congress forward for the betterment of the Nigerian workers.
NAN also reports that the NLC recently purchased a house for the family of Bafyau as a token in honour for his great legacy and sacrifice, as he did not own a single house in Abuja.
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has paid for his All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Mr Yemi Kolapo, Director, Media and Publicity, Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign Organisation, revealed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Kolapo said the governor paid the required N100 million for the purchase of the forms early on Tuesday.
“This made him the first to officially seal his aspiration to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023,” he said.
She recalled that Nigerians from all walks of life stormed the Abuja Eagle Square on Saturday, April 2, to witness the official acceptance of Bello to vie for the 2023 presidency.
According to him, the venue of the declaration was filled to the brim with different support groups while an almost equal crowd was seen outside the venue.
Kolapo said with the payment for the forms, Bello’s teeming supporters should be rest assured that he would be on the ballot paper in the 2023 presidential race.
“We are highly encouraged by the number of APC governors, leaders and stakeholders who have demonstrated their strong support for the candidacy of our principal.
“We reiterate that he is not known for betrayal. He is always very loyal to his own, and his priorities had always been Nigeria, Nigeria and Nigeria.
“Though, the race officially begins now, it is on record that Bello has consistently been at the forefront of the contest.
“He has demonstrated this again by being the first to pay for the APC expression of interest and nomination forms.
“We urge delegates and indeed all Nigerians to shun divisive narratives in the interest of the nation and choose the best of the lot,” she said.
He expressed optimism that the APC Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) would put the interest of the party and that of Nigeria first in its activities for the emergence of the party’s 2023 presidential candidate.
He noted that the last few months had witnessed persistent calls by youth, women and professional groups across Nigeria on the Kogi governor to contest the 2023 presidential election.
“With Sen. Jonathan Zwingina as the Chairman of the Hope ’23 Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign Organisation, and Hafsat Abiola-Costello as the Director-General, the tone is set for hope to be actualised for Nigerians in 2023,” Kolapo said. (NAN)
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi said on Saturday that he was not afraid of key players vying for the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2023 presidential bid. Bello, who spoke in Abuja while answering a question at the 2nd Annual GYB Seminar. for political and criminal correspondents and editors, he reiterated that all indicators pointed to the fact that he was in the best position to win the 2023 election for the APC. They are former Lagos State Governor and APC National Leader Bola Tinubu, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi; a former governor of Abia, Senator Orji Kalu and other hopefuls.
Bello said he hoped to be the party's standard-bearer and emphasized that he had more than 16 million Nigerians, who had gotten their PVCs registered with Yahaya Bello's support groups with a view to getting him elected. He said that although Tinubu and other personalities were founding members of the CPA, the founding of a house was not enough to build the house, as there were other things to do to keep the house standing. The governor remained optimistic that he was the most favored to take over the APC. ticket for the presidency. “To answer his question, if I am afraid of other candidates for the presidency. You mentioned Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and others. I will say no; I'm not afraid of anyone in the race for the APC presidential ticket. “Tinubu and others are the founding members of APC, but the base is not enough. I will beat all the other contenders because I have what it takes to be a champion. My performance in Kogi State will speak for me,” he noted. On why he always supported the younger generation, Bello said he believed Nigeria could do more with younger people in power. The National Coordinator of Yahaya Bello's Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Jonathan Zwingina, said the huge success of Bello's declaration ceremony had already sent chills down the spine of others. According to him, he possesses the right qualities to lead Nigeria, with uncommon humility.
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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi officially declared his intention to run in the 2023 presidential election on Saturday, vowing to end poverty for millions of millionaires by 2030.The Nigerian News Agency reports that Bello declared his candidacy for the presidency under the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform.He said economy, security, peace and unity would be his motto as he works to create a nation where everyone is brought together, regardless of religion or tribe.According to him, his campaign slogan is 'Hope, Closing the Gap' because all he wants to do is bring hope to the nation while closing the gaps in politics.“A Yahaya Bello presidency will have an additional goal of creating at least 20 million millionaires by the year 2030, with each of them aiming to employ or otherwise empower at least five other citizens.“In that sense, we are going to learn a lot from the southeast.“The model child of learning, from a destitute or affluent background, is taken, trained and turned into a millionaire businessman in just 10 years, is one in which we have to study and invest.“Harvard University is already studying it and the Nigerian Government should do no less.“I have personally observed that this model works on average 50 percent of the time with at least five out of 10 children who were apprentices with various Igbo friends of mine who are now millionaires in their own right. ''Bello said he had a vision of an open, inclusive, honest Nigerian government and economy and managed to operate with a human face and transparent processes.Bello promised to consolidate the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that he would give governors more powers in matters of security, public transportation, taxes, fiscal federalism, mineral and agricultural resources, and electricity.“These are the legacies of Mr. President, they will help the next president to take longer and easier steps of development, as long as Nigerians make sure that their success is not to discredit but to consolidate.“I have proven time and time again that I am the only such successor in the APC lineup for 2023.“I am running for president because I see a bright light at the end of the tunnel for our nation. I am not one of those who only see pessimism and pessimism.“It is my intention to take custody of that light, pierce the dark spots of our past and present with it, illuminate every gap in our nation and fix them."I will ensure that this light is handed over in due course to successors who will be trusted stewards of the great future that a federal government led to build for our nation."Bello said he worked hard as Governor of Kogi and fulfilled his term, urging Nigerians to see his achievement at www.kogipedia.net, which covers his work from 2016 to date.“Let me detail the most important qualities that I consider imperative in our next Commander in Chief, I invite Nigerians to rate all candidates, we want a country that lives up to our expectations in 2023.“Youth: Natural strength and physical energy cannot be diminished if performance is to be elevated. I am 46 and a half years old and by God, I am fit in all physical and mental faculties.“Courage: A clear ability to be zealously affected in a good matter and to lead with courage and foresight in pursuit of the general best interests of the people and the nation.“Security: Proven ability to enforce Security, Unity and Peace in a vast territory with difficult terrain. Citizens must be safe in their homes and assets.“Diversity: Our next president must have an excellent track record in successfully managing diversity. ''Bello promised inclusion, adding that Nigerians should be able to live and contribute anywhere in the nation with the guarantee that they would not be called strangers.He said his wish was for all Nigerians, especially young people, to live in a country where tribe, religion or gender would once again be considered a "minority", particularly leaders who do or don't in government.He said that fairness, equity and justice must support government actions in the distribution of national resources and opportunities, including the hiring procedures of public entities.He also promised that as president, all Nigerians would become stronger mentally and physically with the unshakable conviction and practical proof that they are not inferior to anyone else by any means.Bello said his presidency, like his governorship, would be tough on crime, adding that Kogi had gone from being the state where violent crime was most endemic in 2015 to becoming one of the safest states in Nigeria since 2017. till the date.For this reason, he said that terrorism, kidnapping, banditry and other violent crimes will not be tolerated when he assumes the Presidency and Commander-in-Chief.He promised to follow a clearly defined strategy to expand the footprint of new technology in the nation's economy.He said he would establish a National Blockchain Task Force (NBT) to develop a pioneering policy for the nation on crypto, metaverse, NFT, and blockchain technology.“I am not running for President with apologies, but with a solid track record of verifiable achievement in my current assignment as Governor of Kogi State.“I have a proven track record in the very areas that Nigerians urgently yearn for, namely Security, Unity and Progress. Therefore, I would say that I have the academic qualifications and practical experience to be the next president of Nigeria on merit.”The president of the occasion, Salvador Moshood, said that Bello's presidential statement was a hope for young people, women and other marginalized groups.Moshood therefore urged them to throw their support behind Bello for a better Nigeria and get more support from friends and family alike.National Coordinator Senator Jonathan Zwingina said that Bello will carry on the good works of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that although Bello is young, he has much to offer to a larger nation.According to Zwingina, Bello is a detribalized leader with no trace of ethnic or religious difference, as he works for the good of all and would replicate it in the larger country as president.Kogi Deputy Governor Edward Onoja, who earned a 10-point achievement from Bello's administration in Kogi, said he was leaving a great legacy for the state.He said that Bello dismantled criminal gangs, put an end to kidnapping and other social vices and insecurity, destroyed tribalism and religious differences and built a church in the state government house after 28 years of not having one.He said he supported zoning the presidency, but this time the zoning had to be in favor of the youth, adding that it was time for people under 50 to rule the nation.GYB campaign CEO Hafsat Abiola-Costello said women had been marginalized for decades and only known in political activities as singers and cooks, but Bello changed the narrative as CEO of his campaign team.Abiola-Costello said that the nation was in the fight for its true destiny with Bello, adding that women would build the nation, and therefore encouraged women and youth to support Bello because the tie had come. of possession for them.