The Ministry of Labour says the inauguration of the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) was postponed due to “security breach” occasioned by the siege at the venue by “suspected thugs”.
Concise News reports that in a statement late Thursday, Rhoda Iliya, Assistant Director, Press in the labour ministry explains: “The postponement was to avoid the degeneration of the situation, where thugs were already manhandling some officers of the ministry and policemen attached to the office of the ministry.”
The NSITF official confirms the fear of the workers that Frank Kokori had been replaced as the chairman of the board of the NSITF.
She says the replacement of Kokori and his transfer to the Board of Micheal Imodu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINLS) Ilorin, a diploma awarding institution in Labour Relations as Chairman, followed due process and has the president’s approval.
Ms Iliya states that the president gave approval for the exercise which was duly communicated to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, saying this is also in line with the Act establishing the NSITF.
She describes labour leaders who gathered at the inauguration venue as “thugs.”
“The violent gatecrashing and the illegal forceful seizure of the conference room of the minister this morning by thugs was therefore uncalled for.
“Government, therefore, takes serious exception to the dishonourable actions of the NLC leadership and Frank Kokori as well as his cohorts.
“The Ministry will not tolerate a repeat of hooliganism clearly unknown to the ethos of civilised unionism,” she adds.
Furthermore, she says Kokori is expected to report at his posting at the MINILS where his experience is more relevant.
Also, she reveals that President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Enejamo-Isere as the chairman of the NSITF to bring his wealth of experience as a senior member of Chartered Institute of Insurance as well as Chartered Institute of Taxation to bear on his new position.
“Government will not tolerate a situation where labour leaders challenge or vitiate the constitutional powers of the president over appointments,” she says.