Comrade Prince C. O. Adewunmi (former President, SSANIPOST)delivering his speech at the 2nd Delegates Conference
I thank God, the Almighty Father for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity as President of the Senior Staff Association NIPOST Branch from 2001 – 2007.
Equally, I want to express my sincere gratitude to all the delegates that elected me into office as the Branch President in 2001 and 2004 and to the entire membership of the Branch in particular and entire workforce in general for their massive support and solidarity throughout my tenures as the President.
The immediate past, and the present Management of NIPOST needs to be commended for their maturity and understanding in handling all related industrial matters.
There is need to emphasize the tremendous and remarkable support received from Late Mallam Abubakar Musa Argungu, the former Postmaster General/CEO and his team, when it became obvious that we had to unceremoniously part ways with our sister organization (NITEL UNION) with whom we had shared so many things in common from the days of Post and Telecommunications up to NIPOST/NITEL days which came to an abrupt end in September, 2002.
On assumption of office as the pioneer President of the newly born NIPOST Branch, we started with little as we lacked the required logistics to carry out our assignments effectively but today we are better off from the point where we took off.
In spite of all these challenges, we manage to forge ahead in our day-to-day administration of the
The issue of information dissemination was seriously addressed. Despite our financial incapability we were able to launch our first edition of the in-house journal – SSA Newslink in 2003, and this has brought about a great reduction in communication gap which hitherto existed between the National Officers, Chapters Executives and the general members of the Branch. In the same manner we adopted the system of issuing informational bulletins to the chapters to highlight any agreement/decision taken whenever the Unions hold meetings with the Management on issues bothering on general welfare of workers.
Through our pragmatic and responsive approach, we were able to reach certain agreements and understanding with Management, a few among them are:
As we are gradually approaching the end of our tenure, I want to seize this opportunity to thank you all once again and to seek for forgiveness from those whom I might have offended in the cause of discharging my official duties as the Branch President.
Your massive support and co-operation is the twin pillar of our success in office. I hope such support and co-operation would be extended to the incoming Executives.
Lastly, I want to appeal to my colleagues and others who might engage in electioneering campaign for various offices that might be vacant, to please conduct themselves with civility and avoid character assassination, cheap blackmail and thuggery among others. Election should not be taken as a do or die affair.
Want to thank all the Executive members who served with me including all those who have retired, the General Secretary SSACTAC and NUPTE, for their support and co-operation.
I wish you all a happy deliberation and success in the 2nd Triennial Delegate Conference.
Thanks you and God bless.
CHRIS .O. ADEWUNMI