Labour urges Buhari to probe Ngige, to stage protest today

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The organised labour, on Sunday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the involvement of Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, in the affairs of the Nigeria Social Investment Trust Fund (NSITF).

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) said it was ready to begin a protest in Abuja against the Minister today.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, while speaking over the development on Sunday night explained that the protest would not be against the inauguration of the NSITF board, but the manner in which Ngige superintended the affairs of the labour sector in the past three years and the recent attacks on protesters at the his residence.

Recall that members of the Congress had protested against an alleged refusal by Ngige to inaugurate the board of the NSITF at his premises last week. The action ended in a violent clash between Ngige’s supporters and the demonstrators.

It was gathered that workers will be on the street protesting while the inauguration of the new board takes place in Aso Rock.

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Wabba said the labour movement was not particular about inaugurating Frank Kokori as the chair of the board but that a board should be in place to halt the alleged reign of Ngige as the sole administrator of NSITF.

“We expect President Buhari to establish a commission of enquiry to look into the award of contracts and employment of 300 persons by the minister, if this administration is serious about fighting corruption. Our members will be at the inauguration tomorrow (today) because it is statutory.”

Wabba maintained that “whether Kokori is eventually made the board chair of NSITF or not, labour would ensure that the representatives of both the NLC and NECA resist the running of the Fund by proxy”.

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