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By Ogbolu George

The House of Representatives has asked the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, to appear before it over mass sacking of workers by telecommunications service providers.

An ad hoc committee of the House chaired by Rep. Ahmed Abu gave Ngige 10 days to make himself available to address the issue.

The committee said the service providers were laying off employees without observing the extant labour rules and procedures.

The lawmakers had on Monday met with the Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta.

Danbatta told the committee that the commission could not interfere in the matter because by the provision of its Act, the NCC was not empowered to make inquiries into the nominal roll of the operators.

The NCC boss said while the commission was restricted by the Act, the labour ministry could look into the issue.

”These are labour issues and therefore, outside the mandate of the commission.

”There is really nothing that we can do,” he said.