About TUC Rivers

In line with rule 10 of the Constitution of TUC Nigeria, "The Congress shall have State Councils in all the States of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja)." The State Councils are responsible for overseeing the activities and programmes of TUC in their respective states.

Consequently, the State Administrative Councils (SAC) of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) formerly known as the TUC States' Executive Committees comprise officers of the congress elected at the Triennial States' Delegates Conference to run the affairs of TUC in each of the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja in line with the aforementioned aspects of the TUC Constitution.

Here in Rivers State, the State Council of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) was inaugurated on April 10th 2001. In the Course of the inauguration, a seven-man state council executive committee was elected to run the affairs of the Council for three years: They were:

(1.)    Elder Amabebe Bethel  P.     -     State Chairman
(2.)    Elder Charles D. George       -     State Vice Chairman
(3.)    Chief Ogunka A. John          -     State Secretary
(4.)    Godspower Imoni                -     State Asst. Secretary
(5.)    P. O. Obi                            -     Publicity Secretary
(6.)    P.Z. Yagwerea                     -     State Auditor

However, when Comrade Bethel Amabebe left for Bayelsa State, Comrade C. D. George took over as acting chairman from 1st February 2002. This was for a brief stint.  The First TUC National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) was held at the PENGASSAN Secretariat, Rivers State on 18th July 2002.  Elections were held on August 29th 2002.

The second state council executives. The under listed persons were elected on 29th August 2002 to run the affairs of the TUC Rivers State Council as follows:
(1.)    Comrade Alaso S. Jack             -     State Chairman
(2.)    Comrade Edward C. Orupabo     -     State Vice Chairman
(3.)    Comrade Charles D. George      -     State Secretary
(4.)    Comrade Godspower Imoni       -     State Asst. Secretary
(5.)    Comrade Richard Pallibo           -     Treasurer
(6.)    Comrade P.Z. Yagwerea            -     State Auditor
(7.)    Comrade Olawale Ajayi             -     Public Relations Officer
(8.)    Comrade Godwin Amadi            -     Ex- Officio
(9.)    Comrade Sam Oparah              -     Ex- Officio

The Third TUC Rivers State Executive Council was elected on 19th April 2006.
The nine (9) Members State Executive that were as follows:-
(1.)    Comrade Edward C. Orupabo     -     State Chairman
(2.)    Comrade Godspower Imoni       -     State Vice Chairman
(3.)    Comrade Charles D. George      -     State Secretary
(4.)    Comrade Godwin Amadi            -     Treasurer
(5.)    Comrade Ani Onyebuchi            -     State Publicity Secretary
(6.)    Comrade Preye Grace Olowo      -     State Financial Secretary
(7.)    Comrade Kingdom Abadi           -     State Asst. Secretary l
(8.)    Comrade Jonas Ogundu Okere  -     State Asst. Secretary ll
(9.)    Comrade T.O. Idisi                   -      State Auditor

However, following the Merger of the Unions in Agriculture, Comrade Godwin Amadi left and Comrade Jonas Ogundu Okere the Asst. Secretary 2 took over as State Treasurer.
The fourth TUC Rivers State Administrative Councils (SAC) was elected on 14th December 2009.

This is the current  State Administrative Council of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) Rivers State piloting the affairs of the umbrella body of Senior Staff Associations in Rivers State:

  1. Com. Hyginus Chika Onuegbu   JP, FCA Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) State Chairman
  2. Comrade Godpower Imoni -Hotel and Personal Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (HAPSSSA) State Vice Chairman
  3. Comrade Jonas Ogundu Okere JP - Association of Senior  Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) State Secretary
  4. Comrade Monday Taaba - Chemical and Non-Metallic Products Senior Staff Association (CANMPSSA) State Assistant Secretary 1
  5. Comrade Dickson Orlumeni -Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (CCESSA) State Assistant Secretary II
  6. Comrade Chris Mbata Ph.D - Nigerian Union Of Pharmacists, Medical Technologists & Profession Allied To Medicine (NUPMTPAM) State Financial Secretary
  7. Comrade Kingdom Abadi - Senior Staff Association of Communication  Transport and Corporations (SSACTAC) State Treasurer
  8. Comrade Clem Onyesom - Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association (NMNOWTSSA) State Auditor
  9. Comrade Chikadibia George - Food, Beverage & Tobacco Senior Staff Association (FOBTOB) State Publicity Secretary
  10. Comrade Sarah Ugbogbo - Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSAN) State Women Leader
  11. Comrade Edward Orupabo - Immediate Past State Chairman  State Ex-Officio

This eleven Rivers State Executive Members were elected to run the affairs of the council for three years within this tenure the council lost one of its executive members, Comrade Dickson Dike Orlumeni the TUC State Asst. Secretary 2 of the Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (CCESSA) in Rivers State.

Since the past years the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) Rivers State Council has been using PENGASSAN Secretariat at 32A Emekuku Street, D/Line Port Harcourt as their office, after the 2009 election when Comrade Chika Onuegbu was elected as the TUC Rivers State Chairman. He rented an office for Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) Rivers State Council at MBM Plaza Block C, 2nd Floor Right wing By Shell I.A Main Gate 48 Old Aba Road, Rumuobiokani  Port Harcourt.  We are looking forward, to get our own Resources to build our own TUC Secretariat.

The TUC Rivers State Council inaugurated her women's wing, on the 25th of March, 2011. At Tokyu Grand Hotel, Port Harcourt under the watchful eyes of Lady Rose Orji, The National Chairperson TUC Women Commission. During the Inauguration, the Following Members were elected and sworn -in by Comrade Peter Esele President-General of TUC to pilot the affairs of the State Women Commission.  They were as follows.

  1. Comrade Sarah Ugbogbo            -     State Chairperson
  2. Comrade Abigail Adeku              -     1st Vice Chairperson
  3. Comrade Theodora Emamoke     -     2nd Vice Chairperson
  4. Comrade Ngozi Uadiale              -     State Secretary    
  5. Comrade Oroma Orulumati         -     Asst. State Secretary 1
  6. Comrade Adline Ben- Chioma     -     Asst. State Secretary2
  7. Comrade Sokey William -West   -     State P. R O
  8. Comrade Gift Omeneki             -     State Treasurer
  9. Comrade Uwaila Ukuejuwajo      -     State Auditor

Below are the composition and function of the State Councils as provided by  the TUC Constitution:

1.      Composition of the TUC State Council:
(a)    Each state council shall be composed of executive representatives of the affiliates at the state level, in compliance with rule 6(1)"It shall have an Executive Council, which shall
        be elected from among itself" and shall be composed of  the following officers provided that each affiliate may not hold more than one position:
                i.      Chairman
                ii.     Vice Chairman
                iii.    A Secretary (an employee of the TUC or of an affiliate or
                iv.     Member of an affiliate ).
                v.      Two Assistant secretaries elected from affiliate unions
                vi.     Treasurer
                vii.    Financial Secretary
                viii.   Publicity Secretary
                 ix.    Auditor
(b)    The list of officers may be increased provided that it is not more than ten officers.

2.     Functions of the State Council:
       A State Council of the TUC shall carry-out the following functions:
       i.     Transact the business of the TUC at the State levels as guided by the CWC.
       ii.    Monitor all industrial developments in the state.
       iii.   Perform whatever additional duties that may be assigned to it from time to time by the affiliates in the state collectively and the Central Working Committee.
       iv.    Serve as effective link between the affiliates in its area of jurisdiction.
       v.     Ensure that the Congress policies are widely known, understood and implemented and generally strengthen the Congress within its jurisdiction.
       vi.    Encourage women's participation in trade unionism by Creating Women's wing   under the supervision of the state council.
       vii.   The State Chairman shall preside over all the meetings, including emergency ones, of the state Executive Council and General Council Meetings.

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