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A former secretary of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), David Azuokwu, has condemned the recent invasion of the residence of Chris Ngige, minister of labour, by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).
The NLC’s action is alien to labour laws, Azuokwu said, describing the invasion of minister’s private residence and threat to his life as criminal.
“The NLC actions, led by Ayuba Wabba, its president, is unknown to Nigerian and international labour extant laws guiding trade dispute and grievances.
“The illegal invasion in the guise of picketing the private residence of Ngige is highly condemnable and should not be allowed in the country,” he said.
Azuokwu submitted that the invasion, which was supposedly to pressure the minister to inaugurate Frank Kokori as chairman of the NSITF, was a lawless action.
“The appointment of any qualified Nigerian into political office at the federal level is at the prerogative of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or by the recommendation of the supervisory minister, in this case, the Minister of Labour and Employment.
“The provision of Section 4(1) (a) of the 1993 NSITF Act, vested the sole power to make recommendation for the Appointment of the Chairman of the Board of NSITF to the President on the Minister of Labour and Employment.”
Azuokwu therefore called on the National Executive Council, Central Working Committee and all other organs of NLC to call its president to order, as according to it, Wabba had no power to query any appointment made by the President on the recommendation of the Minister of Labour and Employment.
“I believed that the intervention of these organs will save the congress from being dragged into the mud and forget its important internal matters. The NLC needs to focus… Read More...