Minister, NLC shocked by NECA chief’s sudden demise

Timothy Olawale - Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA)

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, and the Nigeria Labour Congress have expressed shock at the death of the Director-General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, Dr Timothy Olawale.

Olawale reportedly slumped during a meeting and subsequently passed away at a hospital in Abuja on Friday.

Ngige in a condolence message to NECA on Saturday, said, “We heard with shock the unexpected news of the death of the Director-General of NECA, Dr Timothy Olawale. We are sorry for your loss and convey our heartfelt sympathy to your Organisation, NECA, and its entire affiliate employers’ associations.”

Quoting Seneca, a Roman Philosopher, in the statement issued by Charles Akpan, the ministry of labour and employment spokesman, Ngige said, “the wise man will live as long as he ought, not as long as he can.”

While extending deep condolences to NECA and to the family of the deceased, the minister comforted them with the soothing words of Thomas Moore, saying, “Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”

He added, “May you all find strength in each other as you mourn your loved one and may your many memories of him help to sustain you at this most difficult time.”

He prayed to God Almighty to grant him eternal rest.

In its condolence message, the NLC said Olawale demonstrated a high level of professionalism and camaraderie with other social partners, especially labour.

” He was always very objective in dealing with matters of industrial relations as his work ethos were justice and equity,” the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba stated in a statement titled, ‘NLC expresses shock at demise of Dr Timothy Olawale, NECA DG.’

The statement read, “Dr Timothy Olawale was a great friend of the Nigeria Labour Congress. He was a dependable social partner to Nigerian workers.

“It is really quite eerie to describe Dr Olawale in past tense. He will be greatly missed. His humility, kindness and candour will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to have worked closely with him.

“On behalf of the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the wife, children, relatives, colleagues and friends that Dr Timothy Olawale left behind.

“We also convey our condolences to the leadership and staff of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association for this irreparable loss.”

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