- President Buhari has been commended by the Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association of Nigeria for nominating Senator Chris Ngige and Sharon Ikeazu as ministers
- The association said Ngige had worked assiduously for the success of the new minimum wage, and that no one could really point out where he had gone against Nigerian workers
- According to the association, Ngige, in his first tenure as minister, had ensured a better administration and care-giving of pensioners’ welfare on a direct note
President Muhammadu Buhari has been commended by the Federal Parastatals and Private Sector Pensioners Association of Nigeria (FEPPPAN), for nominating Senator Chris Ngige and Sharon Ikeazu to be ministers in his second term cabinet.
The association, in a statement released by its president general, Chief Temple Ubani, said those kicking against Ngige’s return to the Ministry of Labour and Employment where he served as a minister in the president’s first term, are doing so on personal interest, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the association asserted that it’s the president’s sole prerogative to assign the nominees to any ministry he wishes.
Ubani said: "The nomination of Senator Chris Ngige and Sharon Ikeazu the former Executive Secretary of Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate is a good step in the right direction, and we thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his wisdom in nominating them.
“Senator Chris Ngige in particular, I have observed that nobody has faulted his reappointment in spite of some reports in the media saying that people are wailing about where he should be assigned to and where he should not.
“The good thing is that President Buhari, in his good plan to better the lives of Nigerians knows who will serve well and deliver on their mandate.
“I think he considered Ngige capable to deliver, and it will not be out of point to say that Ngige was a perfect match for the politics and intrigues in the labour world. And he performed excellently even though some may have contrary opinion.
“For those that are saying he should not be assigned back to labour and employment ministry, it is a case of different folks and different strokes. Such statements are personal opinion which everyone is entitled to.
“In the first place there are some people who were saying that Mr President should not in the first place reappoint somebody like Senator Chris Ngige as a member of his cabinet. But that is simply someone trying to tell the president to serve personal interest.”
Ubani said Ngige had worked assiduously for the success of new minimum wage, and that no one could really point out where he (Ngige) had gone against Nigerian workers.
He continued: “I want to say that one of the major achievements of Senator Chris Ngige was the eventual regrouping of NUP for efficiency.
“He made it clear that efficiency and care for pensioners was the reason behind the regrouping and it took him almost four years to do it according to the rule of law.
“Many of us didn’t even know that he was a pensioner himself. So as a pensioner, he saw that it was needful to regroup pensioners according to necessary groups for a better administration and care-giving of pensioners’ welfare on a direct note.”
This development follows a previous report by Legit.ng that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had frowned at the appointment of Senator Chris Ngige into President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term cabinet, saying there would be crisis if the former governor was returned as minister of labour.
Disclosing this in an interview, the secretary of the organisation, Peter Ozo-Eson, begged Buhari to give Ngige a new portfolio in the next cabinet, noting that Ngige was unfit to handle the post.
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