By ZAKAA LAZARUS, Abuja.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has refuted allegations making the rounds in the social media space that it’s President Mr. Joe Ajaero’s trip to Dubai for the COP28 was sponsored by the Federal Government.
The NLC described The news report (not by Economy Footprint) as “badly cooked media propaganda.”
A statement issued by the Head of Information and Public Affair, NLC, Comrade Benson Upah to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja said “The President’s trip and that of the NLC Focal Person on Climate Change, Comrade Eche Asuzu, was fully paid for by the Nigeria Labour Congress.
“The Nigeria Labour Congress being a leading advocate for Just Transition for workers organised a Side Event in Dubai which allowed us connect to the global working class movement fully represented in COP 28” the statement indicated.
“The side event was also an opportunity to present a Research work undertaken by the NLC Climate Change Program on Just Transition which covers Nigera’s seven prority sectors” it noted.
It further stated that: “The President of the Congress was a discussant on the first Panel of the side event where he made a strong demand for workers to be mainstreamed in the global discourse for climate change. At the side event, the NLC President also called for the re-training, upskilling and re-skilling of workers to prepare them for the transition from fossil fuel economy to green energy pathways.”