This Okija Priest Must Be Banished From Universities, Protesters Mock Chris Ngige at NLC Protest

This Okija Priest Must Be Banished From Universities, Protesters Mock Chris Ngige at NLC Protest

  • Some protesters have launched a campaign against the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige
  • They made their displeasure known in a banner describing the Minister as ‘Okija priest’ has been spotted at the protest ground in Abuja
  • The NLC is protesting the Federal Government’s failure to address the demands of striking university workers

In what can be described as a drama, some protesters were seen carrying a banner in mockery of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.

This was sighted on at the ongoing protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The banner was deployed by the protesters' over the inability of the labour minister to resolve the issues between the federal government and ASUU, Punch Newspaper reports.

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Protesters mock Ngige
Some protesters were seen carrying a banner in mockery of Dr Chris Ngige
Source: UGC

One of the prpotesters was quoted to have said:

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“We’re mocking Dr Chris Ngige with this banner because he was against the protest despite not being able to convince the Federal Government for over five months to resolve the issues with ASUU, and also for speaking against the protest last week.”

Recall that the NLC had threatened to go on a two-day protest on July 26 and 27 in solidarity with the strike by the ASUU and in reaction, Ngige said it was against international labour practice for the congress to embark on such a protest.

He said:

“It is a very incongruous situation I must tell you. Why? NLC is on the table of the discussion. They are there. I invited them as the head of the federation to which ASUU belongs, to which SSANU belongs, to which NAAT belongs.

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“I invited them. And so, they are on the table as their senior partner. That’s one. Two, we have a National Labour Advisory Council inaugurated in January 2021. It is an ILO instrument, an ILO architecture for labour unions, governments, and the private sector to come together at any given time.
“So, we’ve just finished our meeting in March, and this issue was tabled before them. And the NLC is in NLAC, the National Labour Advisory Council, and much more importantly, the head of NLC, Nigeria, has an affiliate of workers federation, world over called International Trade Union Congress.
“So, I will be surprised if he’s going ahead with his NEC to do a demonstration, knowing fully well that that is not permissible in international labour parlance.”

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Recall that the tag as labour unions paralyse economic activities in the northwest state.

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'Hell Rufai' is also trending on social media as thousands of Nigerians in and outside Kaduna have joined in the massive social media campaign against the governor.

As at the time of this report, over 7,000 Nigerians on Twitter had tweeted using the word 'Hell Rufai' in support of the labour unions.


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