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 was named as chairman.
Ngige said, “The truth of the matter is that labour made a recommendation for somebody to be chairman of the NSITF board. It was not in the labour’s ambit to do so. We have the NSITF Act. The power to make recommendations to the President or Acting President for the chairman of the NSITF board rests solely on the minister.”
But in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday, the General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, said, “Check the law very well; we are a nation ruled by law and the law in this case specifies that the President appoints in consultations with social partners.
“The money in the NSITF is workers’ money. Kokori was duly appointed as the chairman of the NSITF board and we stand by that nomination. We insist that appointment is the correct one. He should be inaugurated as chairman.”