NLC calls for worldwide embarrassment on Ngige


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed workers at the nation’s airports and those in the 163 countries that are members of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) to subject the

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, to ridicule for inviting thugs against workers during a “lawful protest” in his house.

Rising from its Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting last night, the congress demanded what it called unreserved apology from the minister for his action.

It also advised the government to ensure that the minister was not reappointed into the next cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.

NLC President Ayuba Wabba addressed reporters yesterday in Abuja, the nation’s capital, after the meeting.

He said the minister’s action indicated that he was not fit to occupy a public office and should not be reappointed in the next administration.

Wabba said Ngige has no right to change the appointment by President Buhari on the excuse that he did not recommend Chief Frank Kokori to head the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) board.

The labour leader said the real reason the minister opposed Kokori was because the veteran labour leader cannot be compromised.

He stressed that since the minister had been talking about corruption at NSITF, the government should set up a judicial commission of enquiry to verify the actual corrupt persons in the agency.

Wabba said even after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigation into the financial activities of the previous board in which a Permanent Secretary in the ministry was charged, NLC’s representatives on the NSITF board were not found wanting.

“Who are the actual corrupt people in NSITF? Is the board that has not been inaugurated or it is the minister?” he queried.

Wabba said the NLC had sent messages to workers in the 163 countries with ITUC membership to embarrass the minister, especially at airports where workers operate.

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