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NLC vs Ngige: APC stalwart, Eze cautions Labour Against Political Mischief

By Labour Correspondent



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The leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has been advised to tread with caution in its ongoing face-off with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige, to avoid a situation that may lead to chaos.

Giving the advice in a statement issued and circulated in Abuja on Sunday, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, reasoned that further antagonistic posture against Dr Ngige by the leadership of the NLC would definitely send negative notes to the world about their intentions and motives, especially at a period when everyone knows that a new federal cabinet is about to be formed.

According to Eze, there are already whispers in various corners indicating that the NLC’s war against the minister is a proxy one, being sponsored by some politicians who are also eyeing a slot in the about-to-be-formed cabinet, but believe that blackmailing him and making him look unsellable is their way in.

The party chieftain, however advised the labour leaders to drop the fight, which he described as needless and avoid being used to create a perfect stage for those who either aim at physically injuring the minister or blackmail him for selfish reasons. He said the premise on which the ongoing fight had been based and the mode adopted, especially the attack on the minister’s private life, were both faulty and a miss on the part of Labour.

“The fact remains that the NLC leadership lacks the constitutional powers to storm the private residence of the Minister and engage some of the residents of the estate in a fight. This is sad and unfortunate as whatever maybe their grievances can always be thrashed in a civilised manner, not through the approach of hooliganism and threat, unless the present leadership of NLC doesn’t know who Dr Ngige is; he doesn’t succumb to threat.

“Unless the NLC leadership has other game plans or motives, using the delay in the inauguration of veteran labour leader, Chief Frank Kokori, as chairman of the Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) as a cover up to picket the minister is a motive wrongly used. Labour union can’t dictate to a minister how to run his office or who he must inaugurate in a given Board under His Ministry.

“It is regrettable that the NLC leadership wants to compel the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, to disobey the approval of Mr. President and inaugurate Chief Frank Kokori as the Chairman of the NSITF, in place of Mr Austin Enajemo-Isire, who is duly appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, while neglecting the fact that 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 the Chairman of NSITF”, he wondered.

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