An organizational crisis has engulfed the Nigerian Welders Association (NWA), the umbrella union of all professional welders in Nigeria.
The crisis is as a result of the dissolution of the Zone C, Rivers State branch of the association by the National Executive Council of the body, led by the National President, Comrade Moses Akande.
The said dissolution of the Zone C branch was the aftermath of an audit at the instance of the National President, Comrade Akande.
But the Zone C branch Chairman, Comrade Obioma Azunda and his executive council had described the said dissolution and constitution of a caretaker committee as illegal and unconstitutional.
According to the Zone C chairman, the said audit by the Imo State branch of the association and only one national auditor, was unconstitutional. He said the constitution of the association stipulates that only the three national auditors of the association can conduct an audit.
He further added that the constitution also vests the power of dissolving any zone on the national delegates conference and not the National Executive Council.
He said the issue had been brought to the attention of the Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo, who has ordered a reversal of the National Executive Council’s decision.
The Zone C chairman also accused the national president of usurping the constitutional role of the zone in terms of negotiation with oil companies and the collection of check off dues.
When contacted on phone, the National President of the association, Comrade Akande said the National Executive Council of the body has the right to dissolve any zone and re-constitute a new one.
He said the National Executive Council of the association has dissolved the Zone C, Rivers State branch of the body and set up a caretaker committee headed by Emeka Ogbowu.