18th May, 2012
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has described the death of former Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Pascal Bafyau as another big loss to the country’s labour movement.
In a statement, TUC President, Peter Esele and the General Secretary, John Kolawole, said the late Bafyau was a great labour leader and an eminent compatriot.
Esele described it as another big loss not only to the labour movement in Nigeria but also the whole country.
“His tenure as the President of the NLC, which he led from 1988 to 1994 was marked by great achievements.
“His candour and responsiveness was one of the salutary influences that helped Nigeria wade through the turbulence that preceded the unwholesome abortion and truncation of the June 1993 election that was won by the late M.K.O Abiola.
“He shall be remembered for the numerous struggles which he led against the forces of oppression, especially in the dark ages of military dictatorship in Nigeria and the pivotal role which he played in conjunction with us in the formation of the Nigeria Labour Party.”
It stated that the Labour House in Abuja, Labour Transport Services and the defunct Labour Bank “all bear his footprints.”
The TUC condoled with the NLC, the family he left behind and all workers in the country for whose cause he lived and died.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 65-year-old Bafyau died of heart attack at his Abuja residence on Tuesday night.
He was a chieftain of the PDP.