Tributes Pour Out In Honour Of Deceased Longest Serving NLC Staff
By Chinedu Echianu in Abuja
Tributes poured out Tuesday in Abuja as labour leaders and staff of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) paid their last respect to Comrade Akpan Dan, one of the longest serving staff of Congress who passed away on the 22nd of October 2022.
Akpan who became a staff of the NLC as a labourer in 1983 was until his death an office assistant to NLC President Ayuba Wabba having served in the same capacity under the leadership of previous NLC Presidents such Adams Oshiomhole and Abdulwaheed Omar.
Kicking off the day of tributes which had in attendance Mrs. Nseobong Akpan, wife of the deceased and his three children – Samuel, Enoh and Emem, NLC President Ayuba Wabba described the late Akpan as diligent in his duties and trustworthy, always ready to carry out his responsibilities with minimum supervision.
A former General Secretary of NLC Mohammed Salisu who also joined the NLC in the early eighties went down memory to corroborate the late Akpan’s commitment to duty and loyalty to the labour movement in Nigeria.
On his part, Comrade John Odah who also served as the General Secretary of NLC appealed to the current leadership of Congress to continue in it’s tradition of employing the children of late NLC staff, he therefore called for the consideration of one of the children of the deceased for employment.
A former Vice president of NLC and Director General of the Michael Imoudu National Institute for legislative studies (MINILS) Issa Aremu requested for a post humoous award for the deceased while also stating that the NLC should begin to honour it’s staff while alive rather than post humously.
Other dignitaries who spoke include Peter Ozo- Eson, a former General Secretary of Congress.The late Akpan Dan has since been buried in his family compound at Ikot Ekiduk clan, Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state.