RATTAWU: Faction Calls On FG To Intervene

A faction of the Radio Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) has urged the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige to intervene urgently in resolving the leadership crisis in the union.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the spokesman of the group, Comrade Muhammad Ali Gwani of NTA Katsina and the group’s  National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Opi Erekosima from Rivers State said the tenure of the current Exco led by Comrade Gabiru Sani has expired since October 2020.

Comrade Gwani who described the recent election held in Gusau, Zamfara State as illegal, alleged that instead of following the provisions of RATTAWU bye-laws in electing the union leaders, Comrade Gabiru Sani hand-picked some persons to re-elect him and his Exco members.

While expressing disappointment with the manner the national Exco of the union continues to parade themselves as RATTAWU Exco without a valid election, Comrade Opi Erekosima said many outgoing Exco members are no longer qualify to contest the election.

The RATTAWU faction presented several documents to prove breaches of the union”s constitution and called for an interim committee to be put in place to mid-wife the conduct of election in an inclusive National Delegate Conference
Reacting to the development the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr Peter Yarima Tafa assured the group that their request on the alleged illegal election would be addressed.

The Radio, Television, Theatre and Art Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) is an umbrella Union comprising of all Radio, Television Presenters, Producers, Distributors and projectors (Movie Stars). Operators o Cinemas and services allied, to the foregoing, including workers in the music industries, information ministries, Arts Councils (Culture and Tourism). Museums and gallery, viz NTA, FRCN, BBC, VOA, CFI, CNN, (Nigerian Programmes Representatives’) and all State-owned and Private stations etc.

The Radio, Television, Theatre and Art Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) was inaugurated on November 1st 1977 at the British Council Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.

RATTAWU registered as the 25th of thirty-seven (37th ) industrial Union affiliates of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

Joseph Agi

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