Joe Ajaero is an award-winning Nigerian journalist, unionist and the current national president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).
He emerged as the new NLC National President unopposed on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, succeeding Ayuba Wabba who served two terms from 2015 to 2023.
Prior to the position, Ajaero served in different capacities at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ); including Secretary/Chairman, Vanguard Chapter, Member Central Working Committee and National Executive Council of the NUJ (1997-1999) and National Ex-Officio.
Joe Ajaero Biography and Profile
Full name: Joe Ajaero
Date of birth: 17th December 1964
Age: 59 years (2023)
Education: University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
Joe Ajaero Biography and Education Background
Joe Ajaero is a Nigerian journalist and media personality, born on 17 December 1964 in Emekuku, Owerri North, Imo State. He attended the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) where he obtained a bachelor\’s degree in education in 1990. He later pursued his passion for journalism and obtained a postgraduate diploma in Journalism from Times Journalism Institute in 1994.
Ajaero continued to expand his knowledge and expertise in the field of journalism by obtaining a master\’s degree in Industrial and Labour Relations from the University of Lagos in 1998. In 2003, he furthered his education by obtaining a Certificate in Advance Tariff Structuring and Subsidy Design Option from the International Professional Practice Partnership in Cape Town, South Africa.
Ajaero\’s academic background in education, journalism, and industrial relations, coupled with his extensive experience in media, has equipped him with a deep understanding of the socio-economic and political landscape in Nigeria and Africa at large. Ajaero is known for his in-depth reporting and analysis of various issues affecting the continent, including politics, economics, and social justice.
Joe Ajaero has an extensive professional background spanning over three decades. He began his career as a research officer at the One Mechanised Infantry Division Nigerian Army, located in Kaduna, where he worked from 1990 to 1991. After leaving the army, Ajaero transitioned into journalism, serving as a reporter, correspondent, and assistant news editor at Vanguard, one of Nigeria\’s leading newspapers, between 1992 and 2001.
In 2001, Ajaero made another career move, this time joining the National Union of Electricity Employee (NUEE) as the Head of Training and Information. During his four-year tenure at NUEE, Ajaero was instrumental in developing and implementing several successful training programs aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge of union members. He also oversaw the union\’s communication strategy, working to ensure that members were kept informed about important developments within the organization and the industry as a whole.
Overall, Ajaero\’s diverse work experience in the military, journalism, and union leadership has equipped him with a unique set of skills and insights that he has brought to bear in his various roles throughout his career.
Election As NLC President
On Wednesday, February 8, 2023, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) held its national convention, during which Joe Ajaero emerged as the new National President of the organization. He was the sole candidate for the position and was elected unopposed, a clear demonstration of the confidence and trust that the NLC\’s membership had in him.
Ajaero\’s election as the NLC National President marked a significant milestone in his career as a labour leader and activist. He succeeded Ayuba Wabba, who had served two consecutive terms as the NLC President from 2015 to 2023, during which time he oversaw several groundbreaking initiatives that strengthened the union\’s bargaining power and protected the rights and interests of Nigerian workers.