There is anxiety amongst the members of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in kwara state following it’s botched 5th trienial delegates conference earlier scheduled for 30th June, this year.
Before the botched conference, delegates and national officers from Lagos had arrived Ilorin, the state capital and already checked into their various hotels when on 29th, June a directive came from the state technical committee on COVID-19 asking the union to put it on hold.
In a latter signed tiitled “Enforcement of COVID -19 Protocols ” by Mr J.O Asha on behalf of the state deputy governor and chairman, technical committee on COVID-19, Mr Kayode Alabi, the committee cited “rising cases of COVID -19 and risk associated with public gatheings” as reasons for its suspension asking the planning committee to pick a new date.
Although, the congress lamented that it had expended hugely in preparation for the largest gathering of the union where delegates were expected to elect new officers that will run the affairs of the union for another term, it had no option than to comply.
Consequently, a new date of September 26th, 2020 was proposed to the technical committee by the state care taker committee for the conference to hold. And just like it happened the first time, the technical committee on COVID-19 also rejected the proposed date insisting that there was the need to avoid public gathering that could cause a spike in covid-19 cases in the state.
Meanwhile, the TUC caretaker chairman, Ezekiel Adegoke has said that the Union had settled for November 7, 2020, stressed that they would ensure that the conference come up not later than November, 2020. Further alleged that some people with sinister motive are behind the victimization of the Union.