By Funmi Ojo
Chairman, Nigeria Civil Service Union, Osun State Chapter, Comrade Christopher Arapasopo has emerged Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Osun State Chapter.
At the 7th Triennial Delegates Conference with delegates from the 32 affiliate industrial unions in the state, held in Osogbo, Comrade Arapasopo polled a total vote of 270 to defeat his opponent, Comrade Olumide Faniran, who scored a total vote of 232.
Declaring the winner, the Electoral Officer who is the National Treasurer, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Olatunji Ambali said Comrade Arapasopo having satisfied all the requirements put in place for the election was declared as the winner.
In his acceptance speech, the new state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Arapasopo promised to accord the welfare of workers necessary priority, resuscitate Civil Service Week, embark on resuscitation of Productivity Day as well as resuscitation of Elders/Leaders Forum to serve as a think-tank for the congress.
While commending Governor Ademola Adeleke for giving priority to the welfare of serving and retired civil servants in the state, Comrade Arapasopo promised to lead by example.
Addressing newsmen after the election, the NLC National Treasurer, Comrade Olatunji Ambali charged the newly elected executive members to lead with the fear of God.
He appreciated the immediate past Caretaker Committee for holding forth and the conduct of members during the election.
Other members of the newly inaugurated Osun NLC executive committee are Mr Taoheed Babawale and Mr Emmanuel Adegboye who were elected Vice Chairmen, Mr. Emmanuel Olawuyi emerged Treasurer, while Mr Akintunde Ojo and Mrs Fatimah Olanrewaju were elected Auditors.
Also, Mrs. Funke Ibrahim and Tejumade Ayansola were elected as ex-officio members.
It would be recalled that the triennial delegates conference which ought to have been held last year was disrupted culminating in the setting up of a caretaker committee.