Apo Land: Crisis between workers, NLC president deepens

From Isaac Anumihe, Abuja

The crisis between workers and Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) Chairman Comrade Ayuba Wabba has taken a different dimension with concerned parties threatening to hold Ayuba Wabba responsible if anything happens to its Chairman and his family Chief Emeka Anuna.

Ayuba Wabba had previously threatened to deal with Anuna and his wife when the latter protested at the Labor House in Abuja on January 18, 2023 over the investment of N400,034,000 in a housing scheme located in the Apo-Tafyi district of Abuja. .

At a press conference, organized by members of the FGN/NLC/Workers Housing Scheme, yesterday in Abuja, the group’s spokesperson, Mr. Abasi-Ubong, said that in 2014 the Federal Government, represented by the Territory Authority of Federal Capital, and NLC/Trade Union Congress (TUC) signed an MoU with a property developer, Goodhomes Development Company Limited, to deliver 1,000 units (out of 10,000 units) of housing to Nigerian workers within one year.

“The plot of land on which this property would be built is located in Apo Tafyi district after the mechanical village in Apo, Abuja. The project was inaugurated on Thursday, December 18, 2014 by the then President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
As a result of the flag, the property developer, in collaboration with the NLC and TUC, had publicized and sensitized Nigerian workers to sign up to the scheme. Thanks to the involvement of both the NLC and the TUC, hundreds of Nigerian workers signed up for the scheme by making advance payments in various forms ranging from 10 per cent to 100 per cent advance,” he said.

According to the spokesperson, the money was deposited into the account which is owned and operated by Goodhomes Development Company Limited. He said workers signing up to the scheme are expected to take mortgage loans from the Federal Mortgage Bank and other mortgage institutions to offset the full payment for the housing unit while the mortgage payment is deducted from the workers’ wages. According to the project plan made available by the company, the first phase of the project was expected to be delivered in December 2015.

He said that since 2014 when they signed, they have not been given the land or their money returned, a situation that led to their peaceful protests before the corresponding authorities.

Remember that on January 18, 2023, it was reported that Wabba publicly attacked Anuna by threatening to fire the wife from the International Labor Organization (ILO), now known as the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC).

Anuna and a handful of federal civil servants had protested outside the NLC’s Abuja headquarters over their investment in a housing project at Apo Mechanic Village in Abuja.

According to Anuna, the officials had complied with all the requirements for the land but the federal government in conjunction with the NLC and a real estate company, known as Goodhomes, refused to hand over the houses to them.

All efforts to speak to the NLC spokesman, Mr. Benson Upah, were unsuccessful when he told the reporter that he was not in a position to listen and switched off his phone.

“I’m on a show. I can’t hear you,” she said, and turned off her phone.

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