The Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Joe Ajearo, has given insight into why the union has been unable to tackle corruption in the country.
He said this is because the NLC currently lacks the right “mechanism” to fight the menace.
Ajaero said though it was necessary for the union to engage in such action, it was yet to join forces with law enforcement agencies particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and police on the situation.
The NLC deputy president, who made this known Tuesday in Abuja while speaking with journalists, also stressed the need for the union to adopt a credible and efficient method of recruiting comrades into its fold.
“We have not really institutionalized a mechanism to insist on probing a person found to have corruptly enriched himself. Labour can think in that line. And for us to do that, we don’t have the police or the EFCC. It may end at the level of agitation. You know also that this has legal limitation because the law says nobody is guilty until proven otherwise. That is a limitation. We can quantify morally that this person is guilty, but if there is no clear case of corruption, we are limited”, he said.
Ajearo, who acknowledged he was recruited from his days in student unionism to union politics, expressed happiness at how ex-student union leaders such as Comrade Salisu Mohammed and John Oda among others, were recruited into the NLC.