NLC ASKS NGIGE TO WITHDRAW CONTROVERSIAL LETTER TO NUPENG

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to withdraw a controversial letter he wrote to the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG). The letter allegedly directed the union to submit its financial return within 72 hours. The NLC said this was against Section 40 of the Trade Union (Amendment) Act 2005. PREMIUM TIMES reported how NUPENG on Sunday said in a statement signed by its president, Williams Akporeha, that the labour minister sent a letter dated May 13 to the union…

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CONDUCT PSYCHIATRY TEST ON NGIGE, OTHER MINISTERS, ASUU URGE BUHARI

The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to conduct a psychiatric examination on the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and other members of his cabinet. Prof. Ogunyemi who said the examination was necessary to ascertain their mental stability, made the call in Abuja on Monday as members of organised Labour continued their protest and grounded activities at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, for hours. The university don made the comments after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)-led by…

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WHAT NGIGE SAID AS HE INAUGURATED NSITF BOARD AMID TIGHT SECURITY

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige (left), Chairman Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Comrade Austin Enajemo-Isire, member, Mrs. Kemi Nelson, and others during the inauguration of the board in Abuja…yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA • Wants culprits of agency’s N48 billion fraud unmasked • ASUU seeks mental tests for ministers, others The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, yesterday shrugged off protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which recently alleged attacks on its members, to inaugurate the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) amid tight security…

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SACK NGIGE NOW, LAWYER URGES BUHARI

By Nseobong Okon-Ekong and Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja Former National Secretary of Labour Party, Dr. Kayode Ajulo has called for the sack of Labour and Employment Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige for alleged humiliation of labour leaders and causing a national embarrassment which put Nigeria in bad light. This is as Ngige on Friday visited the National Hospital Abuja to sympathise with those that allegedly sustained injuries during picketing by organised labour at his private residence in Asokoro, Abuja. This is as the Chief Medical Director, CMD, of the hospital has debunked the report…

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NSITF, USE OF THUGS AGAINST PROTESTERS: NLC PROTESTS MONDAY

Wabara and Ngige The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will hold a one day national protest in Abuja on Monday following the attack on its members who were on a peaceful protest. Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC president said this at the end of an emergency meeting of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the NLC on Thursday in Abuja. According to Wabba, the protest is against the action of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige who engaged thugs to disrupt workers’ peaceful protest on Wednesday. He, therefore, demanded…

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LABOUR MINISTER SPEAKS ON SUV GIFT BY NSITF MANAGMENT

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru Reacting to allegations of an SUV gift, the Minister denied being given any SUV, describing the allegations by the NLC as a cock and bull story. Ngige A source close to the Minister said, “the minister set up a nine-man administrative panel with the approval of Mr President. This panel deemed it necessary after the EFCC had submitted its report to the President and the ministry on the issue of missing N45 billion made by the government and private people. The panel was to look into how…

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NIGERIA’S HEALTH SECTOR SERIOUSLY NEED SURGERY SAYS DOGARA

Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has lamented the state of the Nigerian health sector. Speaking on Wednesday during a public hearing organised by the House Committee on Health, where two bills were presented at the National Assembly in Abuja, Dogara called for an overhaul of the health sector. The bills under consideration were a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Health Records Officers (Registration, etc) Act, CAP. H2 of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Re-Enact the Health Information Practitioners Council of Nigeria for…

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YOU ARE WRONG ONLY 40,000 DOCTORS TAKE CARE OF 200MIL NIGERIANS, NMA, NARD REPLIES NGIGE

Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The Nigeria Medical Association and National Association of Resident Doctors have described as “unfortunate” the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige’s statement on brain drain in the medical sector. Ngige, who spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, said he was not bothered that medical doctors are leaving Nigeria in droves, saying that the nation has a surplus of them and must therefore “export” to other countries Asked if he was concerned that the nation could be facing medical crisis with the number of…

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