The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has given the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, a May 1 deadline to inaugurate Chief Frank Kokori as the Chairman of the board of the National Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF.
The NSITF board was originally scheduled for inauguration on April 18, 2019 but a protest over the exclusion of Kokori by the NLC forced a postponement.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment accused the NLC President, Ayuba Wanna of leading thugs to disrupt the planned inauguration in a statement
The NLC president however slammed the statement by the ministry as irresponsible.
The NLC statement said: “The attention of the NLC has been drawn to a press statement signed by Rhoda Iliya, Assistant Director, Press, on behalf of Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, in which the president of the congress was alleged to have imported violent thugs to disrupt the inauguration of the board of NSITF, which was to have taken place on April 18, 2019.
“We are left dumbfounded at the depth Ngige is prepared to go in lying to the nation and the world to cover his doomed plan to hoodwink Nigerians on his elaborate intrigue spanning three years to prevent the inauguration of the board of the NSITF.”
According to the NLC, Wabba led leaders of the union to the venue of the inauguration and waited for more than two hours, insisting that there was no report of breakdown of law and order at the venue.
“The fact that there was not even a single reported incident of breakdown of law and order, or the arrest of any person for unruly behaviour is a categorical attestation to the peaceful and calm manner in which all those who came for the occasion conducted themselves.
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