The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has explained that his absence at the 2019 workers’ day celebrations in Abuja has nothing to do with his involvement with the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) but his ill health.
It was however reported, that his absence during the the workers rally attended by the Vice President seemed rather conspicuous.
The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, President, Mr Ayuba Wabba in his address to workers, mentioned that the Minister was absent due to their disagreement over the NSITF board.
Ngige denied the accusation made by the President of the Nigerian Labour congres, stating he was home recovering from an illness.
A two-paragraph statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Nwachukwu Obidiwe, Senator Ngige said:
“Contrary to uncivilized attitude and barefaced lies contained in the address of the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, I wish to state for the avoidance of doubt that the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige was absent at Wednesday’s Worker’s Day rally for reasons of ill-health”.
“The Minister has been down with flu since last Sunday. He met his doctors last Monday and has since been at home recuperating.”