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But if I am to credit the entire crisis to a particular body, I will accuse the presidency of being behind the confusion and the entire crisis we saw; because there is no ambiguity in the Act that established the NSITF board on who has the authority to appoint the chairman of the board.
Sources close to the ministry, who put together inside details of the ongoing saga between the minister and the organised labour, said the initial appointment of Kokori was faulty, as he was found not to be 'a fit and proper person' for the chairmanship of the NSITF.
The Presidency has now waded into the matter, saying the person nominated for the NSITF board chairman by the minister, who is vested with the powers to do so, is indeed Enejamo-Isire.
The same Kokori has been given another appointment by Mr President as Chairman of the Michael Imoudu Labour Training Institute, Ilorin, so why is NLC insisting Kokori must be Chairman of NSITF?
The factional chairman said that Ngige was putting up a 'dishonourable show of shame and grandstanding,' following his persistent refusal to inaugurate the NSITF board under the chairmanship of Kokori.
The minister and labour leaders have been quarrelling over the appointment of Kokori, a labour leader, as Chairman of NSITF board.
'The CWC resolved that in consideration of Ngige's past records of trading off his conscience for power as evidenced by Okija, his reputation for using thugs against the citizenry, and his questionable acts around NSITF, he is not fit to hold public office.
He explained that the provisions of section 4(a) of the NSITF Act gives the the Minister of Labour and Employment sole responsibility of nominating 'a neutral, fit and proper person' for the approval of the president for the Chairmanship of the board.
Led by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the workers have who have vowed to confront the minister and picket the Ministry of Labour, its departments and agencies under it over the crisis in NSITF had besieged the Minister's residence in Asokoro, Abuja, blocked the entrance to the residence with two tankers to prevent the minister from coming out of the house.
The Congress was reacting to a statement credited to the FCT Chairman of Ohanez, Odozi Nwodozi, who tried desperately to defend the actions of the minister, over the issue surrounding the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), and the last minutes' removal of Chief Frank Kokori, as the chairman of the board.
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