- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned the NLC president over attacks on the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige
- Wabba had criticised Ngige over the removal of Comrade Frank Kokori at the NSITF board
- The Igbo group asked Wabba to re-channel his protest over the replacement of Kokori at the NSITF board to the appropriate appointing authority
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has warned the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, to stop using derogatory language on the minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige.
Vanguard reports that a statement by the president of Ohaneze, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), chapter, Odozi Nwodozi, in Abuja on Thursday, May 2, claimed that the NLC president has been making “unwarranted and uncivilized attacks” on the minister.
Legit.ng gathered that the Ohanaeze, which warned NLC president over the alleged attacks on Ngige, said: “Ndigbo have watched with keen interest, the vituperation of the NLC president in the last few weeks, culminating in the shameful and disgraceful outing at the 2019 Worker’s Day rally.
"It was unfortunate that instead of utilizing the opportunity offered by the Worker’s Day to appreciate the commitment of the minister to the welfare of Nigerian workers, the NLC president mischievously converted the occasion to an avenue for rogue behavior towards the minister who has demonstrated capacity in the discharge of his duties."
Nwodozi said that Ngige has ably piloted the affairs of the ministry of labour and employment, adding that he has masterfully been guiding all decisions and actions taken to reposition the nation’s workforce.
He said: "We wish to put on record that without his astute administrative skills in handling labour issues, the restive workforce would have pushed Nigeria down the road to Venezuela. Who could have managed the cascading labour strikes of 2016-2018 as Sen. Ngige has done?
“His capacity for equable negotiations, weathered the storm of intricacies surrounding the new national minimum wage and brought all social partners to agreement. This is in the public domain.
“We are therefore surprised that instead of giving honour to whom it is due, the NLC president chose to convert the issue of appointment into the board of the NSITF to selfish ends, even when the minister has said all appointments were at the behest of the President in line with the law establishing the fund."
He advised Wabbah to desist from taking laws into his hands and re-channel his protest over the replacement of Comrade Frank Kokori at the NSITF board to the appropriate appointing authority.
“Failing to do the above, we will consider it a deliberate attempt to intimidate the minister in the discharge of his constitutional responsibilities because he is an Igbo. We therefore warn at this juncture that Ndigbo have the capacity to protect our own at all times," Nwodozi added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Ngige said the appointment of Chief Kokori as chairman of the NSITF never got presidential approval. He said Kokori lacks the requisite experience to lead the fund.
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