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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NSITF BOARD: FG ADAMANT, NAMES REAL PARASTATAL WHERE KOKORI WAS APPOINTED AS BOARD CHAIRMAN

• Buhari only approved him as chairman Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS) • Details of Ngige’s row with NLC emerge There were strong indications yesterday that the Federal Government did not at any time nominate labour hero, Comrade Frank Kokori as chairman of the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). Labour and Employment Minister  Chris Ngige only recommended Kokori to head the Board of the Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS), highly placed sources told The Nation yesterday. It was learnt that President Muhammadu…

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APC DARES NGIGE TO INAUGURATE KOKORI AS NSITF BOARD CHAIRMAN IF HIS HANDS ARE CLEAN

The Prophet Jones Erue-led faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State has challenged Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, to inaugurate Chief Frank Kokori as NSITF board chairman without further delay if he has nothing sinister to conceal. Prophet Erue, in a statement signed on his behalf by Nick Ovuakporie, Director, Communications of the faction in Asaba, described Dr Ngige as treading a dishonourable path that is disgraceful and unbecoming of a minister. The factional chairman said that Ngige was putting up a “dishonourable show…

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ABIOLA, ABACHA GHOSTS RISE AS LABOUR FIGHTS NGIGE FOR KOKORI

NLC President, Wabba • Nine injured as thugs, labour clash at Ngige’s residence • NLC vows to sustain protest over demand on NSITF board • I didn’t unleash attackers, says minister • Chairmanship of NSITF in contention • History of democracy at war with beneficiaries Memories of the struggle for Nigeria’s democracy, its nemesis, the late Gen. Sani Abacha and the martyrs who laid down their lives for the actualisation of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola’s June 12, 1993 mandate resonated yesterday as nine labour activists were severely injured while protesting…

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NLC SEEKS BUAHRI’S INTERVENTION ON NSITF BOARD STALEMATE

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government to intervene over the delay in the inauguration of the board of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). Mr Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President, made the appeal while addressing newsmen after a protest on the delay in inaugurating the board on Wednesday in Abuja. It would be recalled that the inauguration of the board was postponed two weeks ago with labour unions decrying the removal of Chief Frank Kokori as the Chairman of the board. NLC had given the…

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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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NLC INSISTS ON KOORI AS NSITF CHAIRMAN

Olufemi Atoyebi, Abuja The Nigeria Labour Congress has insisted that a former labour leader, Frank Kokori, should be inaugurated as the chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, had claimed on Wednesday on Channels Television that by the Act that established the NSITF, the power to recommend a board chairman for the President resided solely in him as the minister. When the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, named the board in October, 2017 when he was the acting President, Kokori…

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UNTOLD STORY OF THE BOTCHED INAUGURATION OF NSITF BOARD

•Why ministry is uncomfortable with Kokori as board Chairman By Victor Young Why, man, he doth  bestride the narrow world. Like a Colossus, and we petty men. Walk under his huge legs and peep about. To find ourselves dishonorable graves. (Williams Shakespeare in his epic drama; Julius Caesar) The abortion of inauguration of the board of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, a week ago in the words of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige’ “by thugs numbering hundreds and persons who clearly had no business with the…

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WHY NGIGE WILL NEVER INAUGURATE NSITF BOARD

Ngige’s tenure as a minister expires with Buhari’s first term. This means he leaves office in a few weeks, at the discretion of Buhari. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment has again postponed, indefinitely, the inauguration of the Board on Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). This follows the inability of the supervising Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, to inaugurate the board as scheduled last Thursday, due largely to the last minutes substitution of the name of Comrade Frank Kokori, the former general secretary of NUPENG, as the Chairman of…

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NGIGE INAUGURATES NSITF BOARD ONE MONTH TO END OF HIS TENURE

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja About a month to the end of his tenure, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, will on Thursday inaugurate the management board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, The PUNCH has learnt. The programme of events which was obtained by our correspondent stated that the event would take place at the minister’s conference room at the federal secretariat, Abuja from 9am and will end at 2.30pm. Ngige’s decision to inaugurate the NSITF board comes over 18 months after President Muhammadu Buhari appointed 11 persons to…

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