A group which goes by the name Coalition of Delta APC Support has said the drama demonstrated by officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress over the residence of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, over the week was barbaric and uncalled for.
In a bid to pressurise the minister to inaugurate Chief Frank Kokori as chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, the NLC laid siege over the private residence of the Minister.
The group further went to condemn the action, terming it lawless and a violation of the right to private life of Ngige and his family.
In a statement on Friday signed by the convener of the group, Mr. Daniel Ekuigbo, noted that the decision by NLC to picket the residence of the minister was a treat to public peace and order.
He said, “The picketing of the Labour Minister’s private residence was not only unlawful and against the Trade Dispute Act of Nigeria and gross violation of the fundamental right of Dr Ngige to his private life, but also criminal and an embarrassment to organise labour organisation.
“Assuming without conceding that Ngige acted outside Presidential approval to refuse the inauguration of Kokori as chairman of the board of the NSITF, does such act constitute a trade dispute which permits the NLC to picket offices or businesses where the dispute arises?
“What exactly is NLC’s interest in this matter? The same Kokori has been given another appointment by Mr President as Chairman of the Michael Imoudu Labour Training Institute, Ilorin, so why is NLC insisting Kokori must be Chairman of NSITF?”
“For the NLC to take its protest to the private residence of a government official for matters that are wholly and strictly official, is totally condemnable and should be denounced by all Nigerians because such act is not only lawless but violates the private life of Ngige and indeed any official of the government and private sector.
“To take petrol tankers loaded with fuel and block the entrance of the Minister’s house is not only an illegal and dangerous act of intimidation but a reckless threat to life and properties of not only Dr Ngige and family but Dr Ngige’s neighbors and their families.
“Finally, we call on all Nigerians to rise up and condemn this barbaric act by the NLC. Nigerians should direct the NLC to prioritize the interest of Nigerians ahead of an individual who believes he is entitled to be appointed to a particular position by the President of Nigeria”, it added.