- The NLC has sent a congratulatory message to Chris Ngige over his reappointment as minister of labour
- The labour congress said this was a testament of President Buhari’s confidence in him
- Ngige and the NLC had clashed towards the end of his first tenure particularly over the NSITF board
The rift between the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, may have ended as the labour union congratulated him on his reappointment.
This is contained in a letter signed by the president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, in Abuja on Monday, September 9.
Wabba said that Ngige’s reappointment was a testament of the confidence President Muhammadu Buhari reposed on him. He called on Ngige to steer the affairs of the ministry towards lifting Nigerians from poverty, indignity and indecent work conditions.
“On behalf of my family and the NLC, I wish to congratulate you on your recent appointment by Mr President as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and your subsequent designation as the minister of labour and employment,” he said
Wabba said it was the NLC’s expectation that the minister would use the opportunity of his reappointment to promote and advance tripartism.
The NLC president also called on the minister to embrace social dialogue, decent work conditions and harmonious industrial relations in Nigeria. Wabba furthered wished Ngige a very successful tenure.
NAN recalls that the NLC had warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to return Ngige as the minister of labour and employment in the next cabinet. It warned that returning the former Anambra state governor as minister would create industrial crisis, adding that Ngige lacked the approach to lead workers.
Towards the end of Ngige’s tenure as labour minister, there were clashes between him and labour leaders over his delay in inaugurating the board of the National Social Insurance Trust Fund more than three years after the expiration of the tenure of the last board.
Labour also took on him over his exclusion of Frank Kokori as the chairman of the board.
The union held a protest against him in his house which led to a fracas that landed some NLC members at the National Hospital in Abuja after they were allegedly attacked by thugs.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the NLC called for a total review of the Nigerian labour laws.
Describing Nigerian labour laws as obsolete, the president of NLC said a review of the laws will bring them up to date with international best practices.
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Wabbba who spoke at the inauguration International Lawyers Assisting Workers Network in Abuja, on Tuesday, September 3, said such move will make the laws more effective to defend the rights of workers across the country.
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