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17.5.2019

Of NLC ’s furore and Ngige ’s stewardship vanguardngr.com vanguardnews

UNFORTUNATELY, the dust arising from the skirmishes between the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige , and one of the nation’s labour centres, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC , over the chairmanship of the board of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, appears to have overcast the giant strides the minister has made to reposition his ministry and the agencies under it.

Delivering ASUU’s implicit confidence on the minister, the ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said: “I wish to place on record that for the first time in the history of this country, a government official came out to say something went wrong on government side and showed honest commitment to redress it.” I saw the same Biodun Ogunyemi at the so-called anti-Ngige protest, asking the President to take his ministers to psychiatrist test! What?

Ngige, therefore, acted on the path of the law by flatly rejecting the usurpation of his responsibilities and stoically resisting attempted intimidation by the NLC, obviously spurred by unseen hands. Jettisoning the comprehensive work plan approved by the President for the repositioning of the NSITF just lately buffeted by N62 billion pillage, in order to please some people, would have been an unforgivable blunder.

Regrettably, I have read opinions that advertised this unionism and attempted to use the dust it raised to overcast Ngige’s stewardship. To have resolved age-long issues with ASUU, NASU, JOHESU, NARD, NMA, NUPENG, PENGASSAN, etc. and restored equable industrial milieu is not a walk along the orchard. With Ngige’s deft move, the mass retrenchment in the oil and construction sectors was forestalled when he brought their captains to the table.

Also, irregular migrations which has claimed thousands of lives across the Sahara and the Mediterranean received the attention of the ministry as it partnered the International Organisation on Migration to establish Migration Information Centre in Benin City to take the battle to the roots. It went further to develop a programme with the European Union under which qualified Nigerians will legally migrate, work and earn decent livings abroad. Apart from ensuring that no staff of the Federal Government was sacked even while the country was passing through recession, Ngige appropriately advised government to create openings for recruitment of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians into the Federal Civil Service and other agencies of government.

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