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Tribute: Comrade Christiana Bawa Intermediates Other Comrades – By Adamu Yusuf


It is always said that success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable

I must congratulate my mentor, friend, sister and a mother, former Secretary of NLC and NANNM, Kaduna Council, Comrade Christiana John Bawa for her transfer to a greater office of NNANNM, Headquarters Abuja.
Her transfer to Abuja has created a wide vacuum that would be very difficult to fill at NLC Kaduna State Council, but only few know this.
According to the Guardian 16 May, 2021, “This is the time to tell the world that Kaduna State government is anti-worker and it wants to destroy the civil service in the name of reform. Enough of the sacking of workers…” quoting Comrade Christiana.

John-Bawa said all NLC affiliates in the State would join the strike. Among them were the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW); the National Union of Electricity Employees of Nigeria (NUEE) .

On commitment, Comrade Christiana is one of the most committed, experienced hardworking, fearless, courageous and dauntless women I came across in 2019.

Christiana John Bawa intermediates Comrades with her wealth of experience particularly on struggle, years of service, knowledge on trade act and industrial relationship during her time in Kaduna to activate the morale of our Comrades who went to sleep.

A media friendly activist, Christiana understands the importance of media in the struggle. She always made sure that whatever activities going on, the media must be involved knowing fully well
that nothing can be achieved without the media.

Christiana dedicated her entirely life to labour struggle through which Kaduna State Council of NLC, took the First position in the whole country on labour activities in 2021, under the Chairperson, Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman.

Christiana, a woman with a golden heart who doesn’t believe in African time, touches many hearts during her stay in Niger and Kaduna State Councils, respectively.

During the NLC interactive session with Governorship candidates, She asked the Labour Candidate a question on ‘African time’ that took the candidate time to answer.

Christiana hates only those that are lazy and cannot deliver, her goal is to move the Council to a greater height. She respects people’s faith. She believes in commitment and not religion, ethnicity or where One comes from.

My first meeting with former Secretary of NLC, Kaduna State Council, Christiana John Bawa was during the inauguration of Chairperson NLC, Kaduna State Council Comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman ‘s first Exco at NUT Conference and since then we became family.
I will always remember her voice calling Tijjani and Talatu.
(Tijjani is the Messenger of the Council while Talatu is the Secretary in her office)

In life, we often heard that ‘perseverance pays off’. It is no secret that each generation wishes to nurture and raise the next generation in a way that is greater than themselves. And to do this, elders often teach the values of hard work, focus, dedication and perseverance.

My dear Comrade, I wish you a successful stay in your new place of work!

Adamu Yusuf, former Chairman, Kaduna State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, writes from Kaduna.

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