IBADAN – Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the Oyo State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday inaugurated a 20-member political committee to screen candidates and sensitise voters.
The inauguration of the committee held at the NLC Secretariat at Idi Quarters, Ibadan.
NAN also reports that the committee led by Mr Wale Araba has Prof. Olusegun Ajiboye as Vice Chairman and Titi Adesina as Secretary.
Speaking at the forum, the state Chairman of the union, Dr Basiru Olanrewaju, said the committee was set up in compliance with a directive of the NLC Secretariat.
He said members of the committee “are to scout round on behalf of the NLC, monitor the candidates and ensure that they are not merely partisan, but only the best.’’
“The committee is not going to collect any money on behalf of the NLC, but to enlighten us and the electorate so that we can have free and fair elections by 2015.
“The members are to screen the candidates, irrespective of their political affiliations, before adopting the best for the people,’’ Olanrewaju said.
The committee, he added, is to “engage in civic education of the Nigerian masses with regard to payment of taxes, voters registration and holding political leaders to the responsibilities of prudent management of state resources.’’
Responding on behalf of the committee members, Araba and Ajiboye promised not to betray the trust which the union reposed in them. (NAN)