The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)has given Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, till May 1, 2019, to inaugurate Chief Frank Kokori as the chairman of the board of the National Social Insurance Trust Fund.
AfricaNews24 reports that the inauguration scheduled for April 18, 2019, was postponed when the NLC protested the exclusion of Kokori as the chairman.
It was reported in a press statement signed by Rhoda Iliya, Assistant Director, Press, on behalf of Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment that the Congress allegedly to imported violent thugs to disrupt the inauguration of the board of NSITF, which was to have taken place on April 18, 2019.
But Labour in a statement yesterday by Ayuba Wabba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress gave an ultimatum till May 1 for the inauguration.
He said “we expect Minister Ngige to inaugurate the board of the NSITF under the chairmanship of Chief Frank Ovie Kokori on or before the 2019 May Day,”
This online also gathered that NLC also accused the minister of desperation to turn the NSITF into his personal estate.
“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.”
“Calling the topmost hierarchy of the NLC thugs and hooligans is, to say the least, most irresponsible. It is worst (and most disrespectful) calling one of our most revered veterans a thug and hooligan. Without the painstaking sacrifice of our movement, led by the Kokoris of the world, there would be no democracy under which an Ngige would aspire to be a governor of a state, a senator of the Federal Republic or the minister that he is.