MHWUN Commissions the Ayuba Wabba House
Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria commissioned the Ayuba Wabba House, its new Multi-purpose Secretariat Complex, today. The commissioning was the culmination of leaps and bounds witnessed in the union after its 7th National Delegates Conference in December 2004 which brought in Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President in as the union’s National President and marked the beginning on firm foundations of the inspiring leadership of Comrade Biobelemoye Joy Josiah, who succeded him as National President at the 9th National Delegates Conference, earlier in April, this year.
The occassion was witnessed by over 700 persons which included members from all over the country, trade union leaders from NLC and TUC affiliates, labour veterans, representatives of government and other well wishers of the union. The Public Servics International’s Africa and Arab Countries Regional Secretary, Brother David Dorkenoo also led a team of guests from the international trade union movement which included Brother David Yeboah, National Chairman of the Health Services Workers; Union of the TUC Ghana (HSWU), Brother Reynolds Tekorang, Deputy General Secretary of HSWU, Brother Sani Baba, the PSI East and West (English-Speaking) Afrrica Sub-regional Secretary of PSI and Sister Wendy Verheyden, the PSI Africa Region Ebola Response Coordinator.
Alhaji Hassan Summonu, the pioneer President of NLC Chaired the Commissioning, while The Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole was Special Guest of Honour, in place of President Muhammad Buhari, who was earlier expected as Special Guest of Honour.
It was an emotional moment for the union as former and serving national officers of MHWUN across several generations soaked in the moment with pride. The edifice which cost the union over a billion naira (N1bn) was built within two years without a single kobo collected as loans from banks or members being levied. This shows how a lot could be done when accountability and the union first are watchwords for trade unions’ leaders.
The Commissioning also served as an avenue for the public presentation of The Origin and History of Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria which will be the first book lenght history of any trade union in the country.