President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by the organised labour, on Sunday, to examine the involvement of the 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 a protest is ready to begin against the Minister today in Abuja.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, speaking on last night over the development explained that the protest would not be against the inauguration of the NSITF board, but towards the manner which the affairs of the labour sector was superintended by Ngige in the past three years and the recent attacks on protesters at his residence.
It should be recalled that members of the Congress protested against Ngige for an alleged refusing to inaugurate the board of the NSITF at his premises last week. The action ended in a violent clash between the demonstrators and Ngige’s supporters.
It was gathered that the inauguration of the new board takes place in Aso Rock while workers will be on the street protesting.
Wabba made it known that the labour movement was not concerned 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 maintaining 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”.